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Pierce not thinking All-Star

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  January 28, 2010 12:57 PM

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All-Star game reserve selections will be announced before the Celtics meet the Orlando Magic Thursday night. But captain Paul Pierce is one Celtic who did not have the Feb. 14 game in Dallas on his mind.

"I told them not to tell me," Pierce said after the Celtics' morning shootaround at the Amway Arena. "When you've been in the league as long as I have, you learn to have patience.

"Right now my focus is on Orlando Magic. People who make those choices, we'll see tonight. If I make it -- if not I had a good run. Right now my focus is on helping the Celtics win games."

Pierce and guard Rajon Rondo are the likely candidates to accompany starter Kevin Garnett to the game. Celtics coach Doc Rivers is the leading candidate to guide the Eastern Conference team.

"I always say I'll take the honor but I think we all would rather have the rest," Rivers said. "I don't think there' s a coach alive who would rather have that. I don't know if there's any other way to do the All-Star thing -- I always thought it would be nice to give everyone a break and then have the game. But I don't think that's ever going to happen. But, for coaches, the honor is nice, it means your team's playing well."

Asked about Rondo's prospects, Rivers replied: "Let's just wait until he makes it, and if he makes it I'll talk then. I think he should make it."

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