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If you are one of the 1.5 million followers of Paul Pierce on Twitter (@paulpierce34) and happened to be receiving the four tweets last night before and after Game 2, you may have thought of two things: (1) “Wow, Pierce seems overconfident, even for him.” or (2) “That’s weird…this tweet came across with Pierce at the podium.” Now, if I predicted your exact thought process, kudos to me, but seriously…it would appear that Paul Pierce’s Twitter account was hacked.
According to the Boston Globe, the most controversial tweet that came across said: “Anybody got a BROOM?” of course referencing a possible four-game sweep with the Celtics up 2-0 in the series.
Dwight Howard had a reaction right away to Pierce’s controversial tweets, telling reporters after the game: “Pride comes before the fall.”
More from the Globe:
Athlete Interactive, which represents Pierce’s digital media initiatives, tweeted the following today at 3 a.m.: “That is NOT @paulpierce34 tweeting — the previous four tweets are all courtesy of a hack. Looking in to it.”
Shortly thereafter, @athleteint added this tweet: “Tweets on May 18, 2010 from @paulpierce34 are not Paul Pierce. The account was hacked. Twitter has been notified and is investigating.”
So, it’s clear Pierce’s reps looked to nip the problem in the bud right away. David Neimann, who manages Pierce’s Twitter account, spoke to the Boston Globe today. He said he texted Pierce after the game to see if the suspicious tweets came from him.
“I just said, ‘Someone’s posting messages to your Twitter account. This isn’t you, is it?’ He said no, he hadn’t posted anything in several days. So I told him we were going to inform Twitter that he had been hacked.”
It would appear that Pierce’s account had been hacked, and according to his representatives, the tweets came from a location in Michigan using a program (Twitterific) Pierce had never used previously. Why would Pierce or any other Celtic want to give Dwight Howard or the Magic any more reason to show up and win Games 3 and 4 in Boston? Do they need any more motivation?
Even if it’s fake, the Magic could use Pierce’s “tweets” as bulletin-board material for Game 3…though they shouldn’t need it. After losing the first two games at home, the Magic face the daunting task of winning four of the next five games in the series, with three of them in Boston.