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Paul Pierce Explains Head-Scratching Loss To Cavs

Beat the undisputed favorites to win the NBA championship on opening night; lose to the lowly LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers the next. Quite an interesting start to the 2010-2011 NBA season for the Boston Celtics. It’s a long season though, and really there’s not much to be taken from the seemingly inexplicable loss to the young Cavs. In fact, like last year, you can count on the Celtics likely losing a few games they have no business losing.

On Thursday, Paul Pierce joined WEEI to talk about the first two games of the young season. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say. (Read full transcript via SRI here)

What happened in Cleveland?

“That’s the Cleveland Cavaliers minus LeBron James. They had a lot going. It was the home opener, a lot to prove with LeBron being gone, and they played a great game. I can’t take anything away from what they did last night. They came out and gave us one, right over the head.”

Did you take them lightly?

“I hate to use that word lightly. I play the game the same way every night. They came to play. I don’t want to take anything away from what they did. We had our run, we had a chance to put them away, they just stuck with it. They made some big shots, the crowd got into it, and they finished the game.”

How did he feel about watching the Miami spectacle?

“It was interesting. You’ve got three of the top 10 scorers in the league and two of the top five players in the game on one team. I haven’t seen a dynamic group of guys on one team ever. People talk about the 80’s Celtics and they talk about the talent on the 80’s Lakers teams, but I think this outweighs any trio that we’ve ever seen in NBA history.”