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Pierce seizes moment

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  May 27, 2008 05:58 PM

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WALTHAM -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce wants to make sure his teammates are aware of the opportunity they have in the Eastern Conference finals. With the series with the Pistons knotted, 2-2, Boston is two wins away from the NBA Finals or two losses from elimination.

When the team broke its huddle following a lengthy film session and brief on-court session at the Sports Authority Training Center, Pierce sent a message to the team in advance of Game 5, tomorrow night at TD Banknorth Garden.

"I told the guys before we broke, 'We got a great opportuntiy. We don't get this opportunity too much in our careers. We got to go out there and play like it's our last [game] because you never do know when this is going to happen again.' "

Coach Doc Rivers said his team allowed itself to be pushed around by Detroit in Game 4 and needs to show more physical and mental toughness in Game 5.

Rivers also had an announcement to make. His son Jeremiah, who announced earlier this month that he was going to transfer from Georgetown, has decided to enroll at Indiana, where he'll play for former Marquette coach Tom Crean.

Marquette happens to be Doc's alma mater. Rivers said his son choose the Hoosiers over Georgia Tech and the University of Central Florida.

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