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It's that time of the year again when players have tired legs and weary bodies. It is no longer as much a battle of skill, but a battle of will.

The will to bring home the Larry O'Brien Trophy and have a Celtic awarded with the William Felton Russell Finals MVP Trophy.

Paul Pierce is leading the Celtics by his sheer will to win. Effort, will and skill have been his calling card  when the game is on the line.  He has taken some of the load off of Kevin Garnett whom it seems, has aged before our eyes for the second half of the season.  He needed the rest, but was in Houston as a starter for the EC for the all-star break instead.

Pierce is bringing his "old-man game," and as he is want to say, "giving the game what it needs."  PP is getting buckets, rebounds and playing an overall smarter game.  He exploded out of the gates against the Warriors, being his usual efficient self finishing 9 for 15 line finishing with 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists, but he also had seven turnovers.

Paul understands the importance of building confidence, but also knows he has to cut down on his turnovers.  This isn't something new as "The Truth", has a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio.  That's not a very good statistic for a player who has to have the ball in his hands more now that Rondo isn't around. He mirrored this stat against Golden State.



He did, however, make up for this slippage by picking up his defense, rebounding and not falling in love with his jumper. This allowed Jeff Green to bring home the win with his team leading 10 points in the fourth quarter.

The emergence of Green may help resolve the captain's turnover issues. Doc can run the offense through "Uncle Jeff" in the fourth now that the rust is pretty much gone from his game. Jeff's versatile play and athleticism now makes the team a more viable threat to advance deep into the playoffs.

It makes no difference to the Celtics' leader, he is a no excuse kind of guy. With the maturation of Green's game, he just continues to put in the work and grind it out for the team. The team puts their trust in "The Truth" and we all know what that can do for you.

Frances 3/03/2013 02:25:00 PM Edit
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