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