Remember back in 2013 when the Raptors revealed that they were considering changing their team name? They never got around to doing it. But after their series against the Wizards is over, they may have to do it, because Paul Pierce is absolutely killing the Raptors right now.
The Wizards forward actually started destroying them before he even knew that Washington was going to be playing Toronto during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs. During an interview with ESPN.com last week—an interview that featured Pierce taking shots at, well, everyone—he said that he didn't think that the Raptors have "It," whatever "It" is:
"We haven't done particularly well against Toronto, but I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' Pierce said. "There isn't a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, 'They are intimidating, we don't have a chance.'"
Then, after the Wizards were matched up against the Raptors, he backed up his tough talk during Game 1 of their playoff series. Pierce scored 20 points in the contest and hit a clutch three in overtime to help the Wizards steal a game on the road 93-86.
He kept going in Game 2 last night, too. He scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds during his team's 117-106 win, and, after the game, he indicated that he really doesn't want to come back to Toronto during the series. He wants the Wizards to take care of business at home so that he doesn't have to go through customs again:
And as if all of that wasn't bad enough, Pierce also exchanged a quick handshake with Raptors employee/superfan Drake after last night's game that's probably going to be too much for most Toronto fans to handle. Consider this NSFW if you're a Raptors fan, because you're definitely going to want to break something at your office after looking at it:
All of this has us wondering: How much do Raptors fans hate Paul Pierce right now? To try and find out, we took a look at what Toronto fans are saying about him on Twitter. And as we suspected, there's not a lot of love (AT ALL!) for Pierce north of the border. Scroll down to see what we mean.
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