TWO BITS: Pierce “Tebowing,” tennis in NCAAs

1 » Near the end of the Boston Celtics’s Game 2 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs on Tuesday, forward Paul Pierce made a free throw late in the first quarter and celebrated by “Tebowing” on his way back to his team’s bench. Up seven with 1:15 left in the game, it was probably a bit early for Pierce to perform the move though Boston wound up beating Atlanta and tying the series 1-1.

2 » Florida Gators women’s and men’s tennis each learned of their seedings for their respective 2012 NCAA Tournaments on Tuesday. The No. 2 women’s team, making its 30th tournament appearance and looking for its sixth national title, received the second seed in their bracket and will play hosts to some first- and second-round matches May 11-12. Florida captured the tournament championship last season in thrilling fashion and is ready to defend its title. The No. 11 men’s team, competing in its 21st NCAA Tournament but still trying to win its first national crown, earned the 12th seed and will also host first- and second-round action May 12-13.

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Horford retracts Pierce statements made Tuesday

In the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, former Florida Gators forward/center Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks faced guard Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics came away with the win in the series after seven games, according to statements made Tuesday, Horford was supposed to come away with something, too. In an interview on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, GA, Horford called Pierce out, claiming the All-Star owed him $10,000. On Wednesday evening, however, Horford retracted the statements he made on the radio.

“Some of my comments from the radio interview I did yesterday were overblown,” Horford said. “I was joking. Paul Pierce and I did not make a bet during the playoffs in 2008. I do not bet on basketball or any other sports.”

OGGOA spoke with a source close to Horford on Wednesday night who concurred that Horford’s statement was taken out of context. “His comment was misconstrued,” the source said. With that being the case, I must in full disclosure state that OGGOA is quite fond of Horford and has been very much anti-Pierce for years. Because of that, for the second time today, we will show you Horford embarrassing Pierce in Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Enjoy.

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Al Horford still waiting for $10K from Paul Pierce

In the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs, former Florida Gators forward/center Al Horford and the Atlanta Hawks faced guard Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics came away with the win in the series after seven games, Horford was supposed to come away with something, too.

In an interview on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, GA, [which you can listen to here] Horford blatantly called Pierce out, claiming the All-Star owes him $10,000. Paraphrasing Peachtree Hoops, “Pierce and Horford were jawing at each other while standing at the free throw line. Realizing talk is cheap, the two agreed to a $10K wager over whether or not the Hawks would win a single game in the series.”

Pierce cannot claim ignorance on this one, seeing as Horford nailed a Game 3-winning mid-range jump shot in his grill, taunting him on the way back down the court. Pierce, with nothing clever to say back, threw up a gang sign to combat the embarrassment.

As John Malkovich said in Rounders, “Pay the man his money.”

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