Paul Pierce said before the start of the season that he plans to retire once it was over. Becausethe Clippers made the playoffs, he hasn't played his final game yet, but Wednesday night was his final regular-season game (assuming he doesn't change his mind).
The 39-year-old had planned on resting the entire night, but with about two minutes left in regulation, a chant rang through the arena.
"We want Paul! We want Paul!"
The Clippers bench, and even coach Doc Rivers joined in on the fun and forced Pierce to enter the game. He clearly didnotwant to play, but he was a good sport about it.
Pierce didn't do much in his two minutes of action, taking two shots and missing both. But it was a nice moment as he received a standing ovation from the home crowd.
“To be able to end it here in front of family and friends, being back home, it’s special. Just looking up and seeing my mom in the stands, she didn’t make a lot of trips to Boston, and seeing my brothers in the stands, it meant a lot to me. It’s been a long ride, it’s been a great ride," Pierce said after the game.
Just wanna say Thanku to all my fans who followed me throughout my career supporting my ups and downs it's been an honor 19yrs wow thankunba
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 12, 2017
Pierce is more of a veteran presence for L.A. than an actual contributor. He's appeared in only 25 games, averaging 11 minutes. In the Clippers' second-to-last game, Pierce played five minutes and scored 10 points, which moved him to 15th on the NBA career scoring list with 26,397 points.