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In the days between games three and four of the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat Series, Paul Pierce publicly asked to defend LeBron James. LeBron had managed to score 28 points in a game three loss to Brooklyn.
James, understanding the mental chess match during a playoff series, downplayed the comments from Pierce in the media, but vented to his teammates in private that this was 2014 and not 2010 back in Cleveland.
A few years ago, while with Boston, Pierce had some success against LeBron, employing a strategic mental battle with James. Father Time has caught up with Paul while James has blossomed both mentally and physically.
We got a sense from the first few minutes of the game that, not only did LeBron want to send a message to Pierce, but the Heat squad got the memo to let the King 'go to work'.
By halftime, James had 25 points and had Pierce wishing that he never mentioned LeBron by name. Playing with a Kobe-like attitude, the King carried the Heat on his back offensively and tied his playoff career high with 49 points. So instead of Brooklyn tying the series at two games apiece, they are on their way to South Beach for game five hoping to avoid an early summer vacation.
Leaving the Barclay Centre, a fan in a James jersey yelled to Paul Pierce, "Ask and ye shall receive".