When the NBA Finals shift back to Los Angeles, we should hold a big ceremony at midcourt before the game so Jack Nicholson can hand over one of his Oscars to Paul Pierce. Nicholson will probably be fine with it. He has three, after all (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets).
And a thespian like Nicholson can certainly recognize what a beautiful acting job Pierce did in Game 1 of the NBA Finals when he looked as if he needed to have his leg amputated at one moment. Getting wheeled into the locker room in a wheelchair was bad enough, but the look on his face suggested he was either close to death or about to give birth. It was a wonderful performance, and clearly Pierce is a student of the Stanislavski Method.
How else can you explain the way he ran back onto the court, sending Celtics fans into a frenzy and, arguably, giving his team the emotional lift it needed to secure victory? I haven't seen that much anguish since Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.