Ray Allen thinks the Paul Pierce-Dwyane Wade debate took away from Pierce's greatness

Ray Allen thinks the Paul Pierce-Dwyane Wade debate took away from Pierce's greatness

The Paul Pierce vs Dwyane Wade saga continues, as Ray Allen weighed in on the debate in an interview with SI Now

Allen, who played and won championships with Pierce and Wade, found it difficult to compare the two due to the types of players they were, but didn't think Pierce should have sparked the debate in the first place. 

Paul had a great career, but what he did was he entered the arena of allowing people to start judging him, and it took away from his greatness... What we have to get away from is trying to pit this player against that player and look at each player individually and marvel at their impact on the league and appreciate who they are. 

Pierce has said the debate and his villain status doesn't bother him, but Allen seems to have a different perspective of how people should talk about player's legacies. 

Still, more and more prominent NBA figures continue to weigh in. Danny Ainge has already backed Pierce with the use of analytics, so it's only a matter of time before Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo comment on the debate, right?

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Highlights from the Bruins' 4-2 win over Toronto in Game 6

Highlights from the Bruins' 4-2 win over Toronto in Game 6

FINAL SCORE: Briuns 4, Maple Leafs 2

IN BRIEF: In a do-or-die Game 6 in Toronto, the Bruins got a huge win to force Game 7 in front of the TD Garden crowd.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS-MAPLE LEAFS SERIES: Tied 3-3

FROM JOE HAGGERTY

Bruins power play was a saving grace all season, and it is again in must-win Game 6 to this point. The Bruins PP has scored a couple of goals in the first period to stake the B’s to a 2-1 lead and allowed the Bruins to outshoot the Leafs by a 12-6 margin after the opening 20 minutes. The first was a Marchand shot of an offensive zone face-off that bounced off Ron Hainsey and the second was a Torey Krug rebound score after a David Pastrnak shot from the opposite face-off dot. Bruins haven’t had a bad PP possession in this one while Toronto’s power play looks a little off to start this game. The B’s power play didn’t get another chance for much of the rest of the game, but they did their job in the first period.  

It’s important to see Torey Krug really playing the best that he’s been in this entire series in this game with the PP goal, a whole lot of movement when he’s out there on the power play, and a team-high eight shots on net and 11 shot attempts in the opening 40 minutes. The Bruins are a different team when Krug begins to become a difference-maker at the offensive end of the ice and he’s been active in all situations in the game today. Perhaps getting further removed from that big hit Jake Muzzin threw on him earlier in the series has helped Krug find his game at these latter moments.

Jake DeBrusk finally busts through for his first goal of the playoffs to stake the B’s to a 3-1 lead. It was a slick two-man game with David Krejci that ended with Krejci feeding DeBrusk for a tipped shot at the net, and it seemed to finally unlock DeBrusk’s confidence and flow within the game. Interestingly he’s only played 7:23 of ice time in this one. But DeBrusk was a massive figure in last spring’s first round series with five goals and seven points, and an offensive burst from him at the end of this first round series could be a huge development for the Black and Gold.  

Brad Marchand finishes off a massive effort by fighting through Morgan Rielly to snap a puck into the empty net and give the Bruins a 4-2 win in Game 6 to set up a winner take all Game 7 back in Boston on Tuesday night. Marchand finished with two goals, three points and a plus-1 in 19:42 of ice time to go along with nine shot attempts and some really strong play throughout. Of Boston’s top three forwards, Marchand has proven to be the best of them all in this series and the only really consistent force for the Black and Gold. 

HIGHLIGHTS

TORONTO STRIKES FIRST

MARCHAND TIES IT 1-1

KRUG GIVES B'S A LEAD

DEBRUSK MAKES IT 3-1 BRUINS

LEAFS CUT THE LEAD TO 3-2

MARCHAND SEALS IT

UP NEXT
Game 7: Tuesday, TBD

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Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 win in extras over the Rays

Highlights from the Red Sox 4-3 win in extras over the Rays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 4, Rays 3

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox won their third straight in Tampa on the back of another strong outing from David Price while Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts led the way for the offense. 

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 9-13

HIGHLIGHTS:

David Price goes five innings strong, striking out 10 Rays batters

3rd inning

Daniel Robertson two-run double (2-0 TB)

4th inning

Mitch Moreland solo homer (2-1 TB)

6th inning

Xander Bogaerts two-run single (3-2 BOS)

8th inning 

Tommy Pham solo home run (3-3)

9th inning

Devers makes a terrific play to send the game into extras

11th inning

Christian Vazquez SAC fly (4-3 BOS)

UP NEXT:
vs Tigers, Monday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Tigers, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs Tigers, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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