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Pierce after first day of camp

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

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We all know how Pierce came into last years camp. He was  coming down from his lockout high. Many felt the season would be canceled, and so  did Paul. He said, it took him until the all-star break before he got into a groove last season. This year everyone's ready, and Pierce is 100% after battling a sprained MCL in his knee throughout the 2012 playoffs. 



Paul spoke about health as an X-Factor this season, and it's pretty much like that every season. If the Celtics walk into the 2013 playoffs with this roster intact. Than my friends, the five year wait for banner 18 may come to an end.



Pierce wants a strong start to the season,  but he'd prefer an even stronger showing in the postseason, basically  he'll have to take the best  care of his body over the course of an 82-game season  again. If he doesn't than he'll deal with a bunch of nagging injuries leading into the playoffs.


Pierce was soft spoken on his desired number of minutes on Friday, but when he was asked about coach Doc Rivers' employing the same 5-5-5 minute strategy utilized on Kevin Garnett, Pierce said he'd be open to it, with some wiggle room.



 

"You know, Doc is the coach around here," Pierce said. "I trust his judgement in everything he does. ... I think, me and Doc, we'll figure things out, because if I'm on fire the first five minutes, I can't come out."


Paul you may be hot, but you'll need to rest at some point.

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Reply paul
5:52 AM on September 30, 2012 
I think it's understood that when Pierce is on fire, you go with it. That would pretty much be true with any player. But the other side of the coin, Paul, is that the Celtics need to stop playing the Too Cool For School game, and I think that starts with you. I think Pierce is the one who is the root source of that mentality. If you are so darned hot that you can't come out, then you are hot enough to blow teams off the floor. If you aren't hot enough to do that, maybe you aren't so hot. So make up your mind, Paul. The best way to get rest is to put the game to bed. That's what great teams do. Great teams know they can't turn every game into a knock down drag out struggle in the last minutes.

About injuries, it can be said of any team that injuries can prevent a championship. But this team is deep. Doc needs to play the guys. We are ten deep. We've got to play that way. And if we do, we'll be much less vulnerable to injury.
Reply Franklin
10:19 AM on September 30, 2012 
paul says...
I think it's understood that when Pierce is on fire, you go with it. That would pretty much be true with any player. But the other side of the coin, Paul, is that the Celtics need to stop playing the Too Cool For School game, and I think that starts with you. I think Pierce is the one who is the root source of that mentality. If you are so darned hot that you can't come out, then you are hot enough to blow teams off the floor. If you aren't hot enough to do that, maybe you aren't so hot. So make up your mind, Paul. The best way to get rest is to put the game to bed. That's what great teams do. Great teams know they can't turn every game into a knock down drag out struggle in the last minutes.

About injuries, it can be said of any team that injuries can prevent a championship. But this team is deep. Doc needs to play the guys. We are ten deep. We've got to play that way. And if we do, we'll be much less vulnerable to injury.


Isn't Lee a bit of insurance if Bradley fails to return to last years form? Bradley should be okay,but I worry.
Reply paul
10:51 AM on September 30, 2012 
Franklin says...
Isn't Lee a bit of insurance if Bradley fails to return to last years form? Bradley should be okay,but I worry.


I think the Cs have a lot of insurance against injury this year. I'm worried about Bradley too, but with Lee here, it's not such a big worry.
Reply Franklin
11:22 AM on September 30, 2012 
paul says...
I think the Cs have a lot of insurance against injury this year. I'm worried about Bradley too, but with Lee here, it's not such a big worry.


Big time depth with bigs,more than 2010-11 it seems. Danny is looking at the Lakers on that.
Reply paul
12:31 PM on September 30, 2012 
Franklin says...
Big time depth with bigs,more than 2010-11 it seems. Danny is looking at the Lakers on that.


If Darko works out at all, we'll really be deep there. One last chance for him.