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Your Morning Dump..Where Paul Pierce Is Looking To Play Against the C’s

KWAPT December 10, 2013 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 24 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“It’s not because we have the Celtics and Doc coming in,” Pierce said. “It’s the way it ended up. There’s still a chance I won’t play. I’ve been working out the last two or three days. It’s not that it’s the Celtics. The doctor said whenever you can tolerate the pain, because the swelling has gone down, then I don’t mind you going out there shooting. That was a couple of days ago.

Paul Pierce Looking To Play Against Celtics-Mark Murphy

786_1132181_720483Sure it’s not Paul. With old friends the Boston Celtics in town on Tuesday, and Doc Rivers & the Clippers in Brooklyn on Thursday, Celtics fans know that Truth’s fierce competitive instinct has him dying to be in the lineup. Pierce broke his hand during a game vs the Rockets a little under 2 weeks ago, and is hoping a makeshift glove can help him be ready to face Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and the rest of his former mates tonight. As of yesterday he was practicing with a “workman’s glove”, basically a glove with no fingers, and waiting for protective covering from the team’s medical staff.

I would bet that the Celtics are also hoping Pierce plays. I’m sure they would love the chance to go head-to-head with their former captain and mentor, and Paul had nothing but good things to say about the C’s recent success, despite injuries and low expectations by many in the media & fan base.

“They’re surprising a lot of people, guys are stepping up, they’re playing good team ball, they’re running, playing together,” Pierce said of his former team. “With (Rajon) Rondo out nobody expected them to be playing like this. They’ll be a better team once Rondo comes back, and try to make a playoff push. That’s something people probably didn’t expect.”

When asked about his own personal struggles this season, Paul said that if a move to play him off the bench was made, he’d be willing to “sacrifice” for the better of the team. At this point in his career, Pierce just wants to help the Nets win ballgames, and he says he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

“I’ll figure it out. I’m not a selfish player,” he said. “If it’s going to help the team and help us win ballgames, I’ll come off the bench, not play. If I have to be a cheerleader on the sidelines, I’ll do that. It’s a change. It’s all on the coaches, man. When we come to the huddle we say ‘all in.’ Well, man, I’m all in. If I have to sacrifice for the betterment of this team, then I’ll do it.”

It was very clear from the moment Prokhorov put this team together that anything less than a title would be complete failure. And you can bet that when Paul talked teammate Kevin Garnett into waving his no-trade clause last summer that the chance at winning another ring was one of Pierce’s major selling points. And indeed a championship is still Paul’s main focus.

“I’ve had my ups and downs, but it’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about getting the team healthy, and trying to see if we can win the championship. We haven’t got off to the best start, and I probably haven’t been playing my best basketball. Part of it is the injuries I’ve been dealing with. I feel as we continue to get healthy, we’ll be there toward the end.”

Related links:

ESPN Boston: Freeze Frame Renewed Acquaintances| CSNNE: Pierce Says Good Chance He Plays vs Celtics

Page 2:  C’s Vault To #17 In Power Rankings

That’s right, your very own Boston Celtics are now ranked at #17 in ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings.

Chris Forsberg mentions that Marc Stein also gives Brad Stevens some much deserved credit:

“Only three of the league’s nine rookie coaches start the new week with a winning record: Brian Shaw (12-8), Jeff Hornacek (11-9) and Mike Budenholzer (11-10). The raves for Brad Stevens are nonetheless steady and justified … with the Celts at 6-4 since he named Jared Sullinger a starter.”

The rest of the links:

Herald: Wallace Zips Lips On Playing The Nets

ESPN Boston: W2W4 Celtics Nets| C’s Nets In Unexpected Places| Rivers Still Bleeding Green

CSNNE: Pierce As 6th Man?|Celtics Keeping Their Cool On The Court

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  • Paul Pierce

    :(

  • KGino

    Paul can come back and be our sixth man next year! *fingers crossed*

    • Curt Hays

      Come on KGino, Paul can’t play under the refreshed Celtic style. Paul likes a slow pace. We need KG back and we can make him the starting 5! :-)

      • KGino

        haha c’mon Curt, KG will retire … And how sweet would that Paul Pierce trailer 3 look with this new pace?!

        • Curt Hays

          Don’t rain on my parade, lol. KG is going to probably start his own team if the Nets keep playing like this. You know he has enough money to do it.
          I’ll grant you that P2 would drop that trailer 3 a time or two. And it’d be sweet.

          • bill_nair

            lol what do you think Kevins team would be called?

          • Curt Hays

            Either the Mercs or the Ronin…what do you guys think?

          • bill_nair

            The Pitbulls? Something aggressive with a black on black jersey used for both home and away games.

          • Curt Hays

            HAHAHA, I’ve had too many pitbulls that are teddy bears. So that won’t work, but I do love the black on black for both games. How about the Brawlers (Bar Fighters)?

          • bill_nair

            Lol ya nothing against pit’s my favorite breed and they get a bad rep. Brawlers is perfect. Hell he could call it the Kevins.

          • Curt Hays

            I laughed out loud in real life at that one. If he called it the Kevins…I swear on my life that I would apply for a job with the club.

          • bill_nair

            haha ok you definitely are on to something. We need Kevins personal phone number and email.

          • Curt Hays

            That’s a pretty scary team.

            Player/Owner/General Manager/Mascott/Color Commentator/: Kevin Garnett

            Head Coach: Kevin McHale

            Roster:
            Kevin Anderson
            Kevin Durant
            Kevin Garnett
            Kevin Jones
            Kevin Love
            Kevin Martin
            Kevin Murphy
            Kevin Seraphin

          • frickenWaaaltah

            0:38 not sure how you spell this:

    • adam

      I would love to see that next year!

  • bill_nair

    I absolutely hate looking at Paul in black.

    • adam

      Me too. I understand why Danny did this. But to Paul, the guy who stuck it out for so long and brought us home a banner and was 5 minutes away from a 2nd one.

      • Curt Hays

        Please don’t talk about being 5 minutes from a second banner. It is too soon.

        • adam

          2010 and still too soon? I guess. That game 7 was hard to watch with the refs deciding to call the 2nd half a completely different way.

          • Curt Hays

            I asked you please to not talk about KG having 5 points waved off by Joey Crawford and Boston losing by 4…I’ll hear none of it.

          • adam

            or the travel by Gasol and the offensive goal tending by Lamar. that’s 4 points right there.

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