- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 7, 2008

30 p.m., Chs. 7, 2


Outlet: Mike Jones reports from Boston in advance of Game 2 of the NBA Finals as the Celtics try to take a 2-0 lead in the series.


After the Celtics’ Game 1 win Thursday night, staff writer Mike Jones commented on Paul Pierce’s injury and comeback:

BOSTON | Game ball has gotta go to Paul Pierce. No question about it. One minute he’s looking like he’s done for the series, being taken off the court in a fireman’s carry, the next minute he’s emerging from the tunnel Willis Reed-style and whipping the fans into a frenzy and the next minute he’s knocking down 3-pointers to spark his team to a game-winning run.

When “The Truth” went down, it looked bad. Really bad.

“Honestly, I thought the worst. I’ve had the injury before. I’ve seen it before,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought the worst.”

Said Pierce: “I thought that was it. I mean, I thought, a lot of things going through my mind. I thought I tore something. Once I heard the pop - and I couldn’t move it at first - I thought that was it.”


Pierce’s comeback was one of the quickest recently, but it isn’t among the most legendary in sports. Here are some of the best bounce-backs:

1. Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympics: The 4-foot-9 U.S. gymnast tears two ligaments in her left ankle on her first vault. But with her team trailing the Russians, Strug scores a 9.712 on her second vault to earn the gold medal.

2. Curt Schilling, 2004 ALCS, Game 6: The Red Sox ace pitches seven innings of one-run ball despite a torn tendon sheath in his right ankle to lead Boston to a win over the Yankees.

3. Kirk Gibson, 1988 World Series, Game 1: With injuries to his left hamstring and right knee, the Dodgers’ banged-up star hits a walk-off home run against Oakland’s Dennis Eckersley.

4. Terrell Owens, Super Bowl XXXIX: After suffering a fractured fibula and severely sprained ankle in Week 15, the Eagles wide receiver returns and catches nine passes for 122 yards.

5. Willis Reed, 1970 NBA Finals, Game 7: With a torn thigh muscle, Reed steps into NBA lore, hitting the Knicks’ first two field goals and leading them (inspirationally) over the Lakers for their first championship.



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