Originally written on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Paul Pierce, despite being 35 years of age, continues to be the heart and soul of this Boston Celtics team. Read on for an update on how he’s been doing through the early stages of the new season. There were a lot of questions surrounding Boston over the offseason. Would the Big Four stay together? Was it time for Kevin Garnett to leave town? In the end, only Ray Allen left, leaving Pierce, Garnett and Rajon Rondo as the new Big Three in Beantown. Management surrounded the trio with some fresh blood and the future seems bright for the Celtics. Pierce is a big reason why. Having to assume an even bigger role in the offense, he’s come up with some great efforts, and we’re only three games into the season. He’s averaging 20.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 3.3 APG. The highlight came in Saturday’s win over the Washington Wizards. Pierce dropped 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting, making four threes, and added seven boards and three dimes in the 89-86 victory. One of the most reliable players in the league today, Pierce will continue to be assertive offensively and will be crucial to Boston’s title aspirations. Time is starting to run out for Pierce and Garnett to add to their collection of rings, and this year’s Celtics team may be the last go-around for either. Having averaged 22.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 3.8 APG throughout his career, there’s no doubting Pierce’s ability. He seems to be in great shape to start the season and motivation is at an all-time high too now that the Eastern Conference has stocked up its talent. In our estimation, that makes the Celtics a very intriguing selection with your NBA picks. They represent good value at the sportsbooks to win the whole thing, considering most of the action is coming in on the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. Don’t sleep on Pierce and Boston.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri live blog!

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

Report: Sting set to debut at WWE Survivor Series

Eric Decker: It's tough watching Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon's rushing record

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye

Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

LeBron: Kevin Love will get the ball 'if he demands it'

76ers fans can get free tickets with a box of Mac & Cheese

Harvard kicker wears glasses

WATCH: Tennessee fans go a little overboard celebrating TD

Dwight Howard out indefinitely after having PRP on knee

Report: Mike Gundy pursuing Florida job

WATCH: Jameis Winston gets away with shoving an official

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

WATCH: Nerlens Noel gets flagrant for foul on Eric Bledsoe

Video: Deron Williams destroys Jeremy Lamb with crossover

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Game of the week: Patriots vs. Lions

Report: Padres join hunt for Sandoval

Golic recreates Kardashian butt pic

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.