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Paul - Public Enemy No. 1 - Pierce takes parting shot at Raptors after playoffs

04/27/2015 05:53 EDT | Updated 07/31/2015 06:59 EDT
TORONTO - Paul Pierce famously fired the first shot before Washington's playoff series with Toronto even began. And when the Wizards embarrassed the Raptors in a four-game sweep, Pierce couldn't resist having the last laugh.

Hours after the Wizards' 125-94 rout of the Raptors in Sunday's Game 4, Pierce took a parting shot by posting a photo on Facebook that depicted him on a throne under the headline "King in the North."

Drake, the Raptors' global ambassador, wasn't safe from Pierce's jabs either. The 37-year-old posted a picture of the rapper wearing a Wizards jersey under his button-up shirt, along with the words "If You're Reading This The Wizards Just Swept." It was a takeoff of Drake's recent mixtape "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."

"Drake a fool lol," Pierce tweeted.

Pierce was a lightning rod throughout the series, starting when he told ESPN.com in an interview that the Raptors don't have "it."

Looking back on the series, Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez said Monday that the Raptors could use a player like Pierce.

"We need somebody to speak up and be like, this is how it is and challenge everybody else. Basically, we need a Paul Pierce that's going to talk that trash," Vasquez said. "We don't have that. We're all good guys that just don't want to (talk trash)."

Pierce scored a game-high 20 points in Game 1, and went on to average 15.5 points in the series. The young Wizards fed off the veteran's bravado.

Vasquez credited Pierce with backing up his words.

"He knew what he was doing because he's done it for so long, but it works," Vasquez said. "You need to have that spiciness, you need to be a little bit like (a jerk) like he is, saying the things he (says) and back it up. This man said whatever he (said) and he went on the court and did it."

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