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An effective Pierce returns

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 11, 2010 01:25 AM

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Paul Pierce played his most effective half of basketball of the series in the first half of Game 4 Thursday night. While the play of the Celtics bench in the fourth quarter was the story of the game, the play of Pierce kept the Celtics in it to begin with.

"Well, for one, you know, it really ain't about me," said Pierce. "I just wanted to be aggressive. I mean, that wasn't the most important thing for us on the list to get Paul Pierce going coming into the game. But Doc just told me to be aggressive at the start of the game, put me in a couple pick‑and‑rolls early, try to get to the lane, be aggressive, and that's about it. I knew once I got in the pick‑and‑roll with their big men, I got an advantage and just tried to take advantage of it, that's all."

Pierce collected 12 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in the first half on his way to 19 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds for the game. He said the difference in Game 4 could have been as simple as the Celtics calling more plays for him.

"A lot of times, you know, in this series we ran a lot of plays through Kevin and Rondo, high pick-and-roll," said Pierce. "We haven't run a lot of pick-and-rolls with me in it but coach said today he was going to do more with me pick-and-roll and slashing to the basket. I don't complain about the way the offense is going and what we've been able to accomplish because at the end of the day it's about winning games and whether I score or I'm aggressive or not, my whole goal is to help win games. Coach drew up a few more plays for me today, and I was just capitalizing on them."

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