Originally posted on Celtics 24/7  |  Last updated 11/6/12
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.
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