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Ex-Celtics star Paul Pierce admits wheelchair incident was because he needed to go to the bathroom

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During the second half of Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals, Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce landed awkwardly after a missed shot and crumpled to the floor.

Pierce was then placed on a wheelchair and taken into the locker room, a devastating sign for the Celtics fans in attendance as their team battled their hated rivals, Los Angeles Lakers.

However, not long after Pierce was wheeled into the depths of the arena, he returned bouncing out of the tunnel and proceeded to drain a couple of huge 3-pointers.

What was a tight game at the time soon became a comfortable Boston win, as the Cs came out on top with a 98-88 victory.

The Pierce moment would prove to be pivotal, as the Celtics went on to win the finals in six games. However, many questioned the legitimacy of Pierce’s injury. How could he go into the locker room on a wheelchair one minute and then return with nary a limp minutes later?

Well, now Pierce shed some light on what really happened and reveals that…he had to go to the bathroom.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that this is a tongue-in-cheek remark by Pierce, as it seems unlikely that he would ever admit that he basically faked an injury even if he did.

Nevertheless, that image has proved to become a legendary one in NBA history, for better or for worse.

Pierce finished with 22 points off 7-of-10 shooting in that Game 1 victory and went on to win Finals MVP honors, bathroom trouble and all.