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Raptors forward compares Paul Pierce’s comments to Viagra, says fans will give him hell

The Raptors’ home crowd will surely have a few things to say to Paul Pierce. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Wizards forward Paul Pierce says he’s enjoying “each and every moment” of his penultimate NBA season, and in the days leading up to the 37-year-old’s 12th career playoff appearance, that’s meant getting a small rise out of Washington’s first-round opponent, the Toronto Raptors.

On Thursday, Pierce attempted to clarify his comments to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan about Toronto lacking an “It” factor, suggesting that he was speaking generally about a number of potential playoff opponents, but Raptors players and Toronto GM Masai Ujiri have been asked to respond to Pierce’s perceived slight all week.

“To me personally, I think that’s just to get Paul Pierce going, you know?” Toronto forward Amir Johnson, who is 10 years younger than Pierce, said Friday on TSN. “Older guy, a vet, you know, he needs to get himself going and I think that’s what those comments are for. It’s just like, you know, when you use Viagra, you know, how do you get yourself going?”

Johnson said his teammates won’t use Pierce’s comments as added motivation.

“I think our fans are going to do pretty much do the booing and the talking for us,” Johnson said. “Jurassic Park will be wild and I’m pretty sure when he touches the ball they’re going to give him hell.”

Earlier Friday, Wizards Coach Randy Wittman appeared inside ESPN 980’s “The Man Cave” with Jason Reid and Andy Pollin, who was filling in for Chris Paul. Pierce’s veteran leadership came up.

“He gives you a guy in the heat of the battle that’s not going to be afraid, whether to take a shot or to make a play, he’s been there,” Wittman said. “He’s done that. And that’s always nice to have, and it’s always nice to be in a situation. Shoot, I sat with him yesterday one-on-one to pick HIS brain. He was with Brooklyn last year that went in and beat Toronto in seven games in the first round. So I picked his brain a little bit in what he thought was the reason why they were able to beat Toronto when Toronto had the home-court advantage last year. So, there’s a lot of things that he brings to the table at this time of the year. That’s why we brought him here.”

Pierce referred to Toronto as “a really good Raptors team” during an interview with Monumental Network’s Dan Nolan on Friday. Seconds later, while answering a question about his playoff experience relative to Toronto’s, Pierce smiled and said he’s a “five-star general playing against the captains.”

Game 1 is Saturday in Toronto. I sure hope the general remembered his old-man meds.

Thanks to CSN Washington for sharing.

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