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Hickok SportsThoughts

Sports historian and author Ralph Hickok of www.hickoksports.com sometimes meanders on about current happenings in sports and sometimes looks back in languor.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Beyond Dumb and Dumber

If someone ever decides to make a sequel called "Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest," Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics can join Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as one of the movie's anti-heroes.
In case you missed it, the Celtics were leading Indiana, 84-83, with 12 seconds to play last night when Jamaal Tinsley of the Pacers fouled Pierce deliberately to stop the clock.
Pierce makes more than 80 percent of his free throws, so there was a pretty good chance he'd make both shots to put Boston up by 3 points.
But Pierce blew his top instead. He was hit with his second technical foul, so he was out of there.
Reggie Miller hit the technical to tie the score. The Pacers were then allowed to pick someone from the Boston bench to shoot Pierce's free throws. They chose Kendrick Perkins.
Good choice. Perkins missed both shots.
Fortunately for Pierce, the score remained tied at the end of regulation and the Celtics won in overtime.