Found February 15, 2013 on NESN.com:
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BOSTON — Paul Pierce stood ramrod straight in the home locker room at TD Garden, doing his best not to look completely exhausted, even though the signs revealed the truth. Pierce had just finished shooting 2-for-12 from the field on Wednesday while looking bogged down at both ends of the floor. Kevin Garnett was in a side room getting treatment after turning down Celtics coach Doc Rivers‘ offer to let the 36-year-old big man sit this one out. Jared Sullinger was in the building, but he and his surgically repaired back departed swiftly after the Celtics gutted out a 71-69 win over the Bulls without him. Evidence of fatigue was everywhere as the Celtics prepared to part ways temporarily for the All-Star break. “It’s coming at the right time,” Pierce said of the break. “Some of the things that have gone on over the last few weeks for us have been tough — mentally, physically — so I think this is the perfect time for a break.” The Celtics survived another wrestling match with the Bulls,...
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