Brooklyn Nets


The saying goes that closing out a team, particularly in a series sweep, is the toughest game of them all.


As it turns out, the "it" factor that Paul Pierce said the Toronto Raptors lacked before this first-round series began belongs to him even at 37.


For the second year in a row, the Wizards are taking over a series in which they weren't supposed to have much of a chance to advance out of the first round.


TORONTO -- Like any good villain, Paul Pierce is aware of how to play the game.


In case you haven't heard, the NBA playoffs are starting Saturday. In two months we'll know who will be crowned NBA champion. Why wait.