Paul Pierce was making no excuses for taking the inbounds pass from Rajon Rondo and using the last 7.9 seconds of regulation before missing what would've been the game-winning shot against the Spurs Wednesday night at TD Garden. Instead, the shot - a jumper from the free throw line extended - clanged off the rim and left the Celtics thinking of what might have been in an 87-86 loss to the Spurs.
"This type of stuff is not really scripted," Pierce said. "You don't have an idea of what's going to happen in those types of situations. You get in those pressure situations and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. But the thing is, I'm not going to second-guess my decision. I thought I got a great shot, created some space right there at the free throw line. It's just some days they fall, some days they don't."
Pierce was guarded by Tim Duncan after the Spurs made a switch that left their big man guarding a shooter with the game on the line.
"I was trying to make the shot," Pierce said. "I got the switch on the big man, got to a good place, just missed the shot."