Lost in the loss to the Miami Heat? The fact that Paul Pierce looks fitter than he has in three years, that he played with a spring in his step that was desperately missing during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, that Pierce looks like he’s all in on this championship quest.
And that’s a great thing if you’re a Celtics fan, because Doc Rivers has a bunch of new tools in his toolbox, and the C’s are going to be a load to handle once he gets it all figured out.
Pierce? He’ll be front and center, just as he always has. To have a healthy, motivated Pierce is to have a dangerous Pierce, and Rivers will make full use of what Pierce brings to the table. And that will translate into wins. Just give it time. Pierce looks as sharp as ever.