Wizards F Paul Pierce: I might have nothing left in tank

Perhaps it was an overreaction to the emotion he felt following a surreal ending to the Friday night playoff game in Washington and to his season. But seemingly ageless small forward Paul Pierce has indicated that the shot that left his hand a split-second too late to save his team could be his last in the NBA.

The 37-year-old Pierce swished a 3-pointer from the corner that would have tied Game 6 and kept the Wizards alive. But after examining replays, the officials waved it off. And when Pierce walked off the court, awash in the agony of defeat, he wondered if it was all over.

"Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don't have too much of these efforts left, if any," he told the Washington Post. "These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit."

Pierce was brilliant through most of the playoffs. He averaged 14.6 points in 30 minutes per game and buried two buzzer-beaters to give his team victories. He shot 44-of-83 (53 percent) from the field until the last two defeats to the Hawks, when he hit just 4-of-16.

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