Paul Pierce has always been a contradiction. He’s not athletic enough to be an elite NBA scorer, yet he’s averaged more than 22 points for his career. He’s not quick enough to be a great defender, yet he’s shut down Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in the playoffs.
He’ll never be Larry Bird, and yet there he was, passing Bird to move into No. 2 on the Celtics’ all-time scoring list Tuesday night.