Maxwell: Pierce better not rely on poker

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Maxwell: Pierce better not rely on poker

With the NBA lockout in place, Celtics captain Paul Pierce has made it to Day 2 of the World Series of Poker.

Asked to assess Pierce's game, Celtics radio color analyst Cedric Maxwell joked he should stay away from the tables when his basketball career is done.

"If he's going to do that, he'll have no money at all," Maxwell said with a laugh on Comcast SportsNet New England's Sports Sunday. "He'll have less money than Antoine Walker, if he's depending on the World Series of Poker to win that money.

"Paul Pierce is a pretty good poker play, but playing with the professionals right now? No. Paul Pierce does not have it," said Maxwell. "He has the money to play, but no."

Out of the NBA, Walker plead guilty earlier this year to passing bad checks in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay off 750,000 in debt to two casinos.

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

Crowder on Cousins' style: 'Step up to the test or you get run over'

BOSTON – There was a point in the fourth quarter when Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fouled trying to score which brought about an automatic, intense and angry scowl from the all-star center. 

He raised his hand as he were going to strike back at the potential assailant. 

And then he saw the man was Jae Crowder. 

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Cousins, who had a game-high 28 points, then went to the free throw line, incident-free. 

“I’m not one those other cats he be punking,” said Crowder with a grin.

That moment was one of many throughout Friday night’s game when Crowder made his presence felt when the game mattered most, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with whoever stood between him and helping the Celtics win – even Cousins. 

But as Crowder explained following Boston’s 97-92 win, that moment was about two physical players who have developed an on-the-floor rapport that speaks to their intensity and desire to win at all costs. 

“He’s going to bring the game to you; his physicality,” said Crowder who had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. “He’s a very physical type of guy. If he senses you’re not physical at all, he’ll let you know. He’s a dog down there; he’s a bull. I love to go against a player like that. He’s going to give you his best shot each and every night. You either step up to the test or you get run over.” 

As soon as the two made eye contact, Crowder knew it was one of the many intimidation methods used by Cousins against opposing players. 

Crowder wasn’t having it. 

“That’s my guy; he’s my guy,” Crowder said of Cousins. “He plays a lot of tactics against a lot of other players. I’ve earned that respect with him. He knows I’m going to fight him just as hard as anybody else. We leave it on the court. He’s a good friend of mine. We’ve become friends, just playing ball, playing basketball the right way.”