The Boston Celtics got some impressive play from players this past week as they went 4-0 to continue their charge tot he playoffs. Kevin Garnett was an absolute beast playing stellar defense and even having great scoring games like his 24 point out burst agains the Wolves to out duel Kevin Love. Rajon Rondo has had double digit assists in all four games and had a triple double against the Heat to carry Boston to a blow out win. Avery Bradley has played well enough to perhaps steal a starting job from hall of famer Ray Allen. These are the guys that many are talking about in Boston. However, none of these guys were named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week. That honor went to Paul Pierce who has quietly helped Boston get on this roll with his stellar play.
The stat line for Pierce is as usual impressive with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. The team needed scoring it was no problem for Pierce. Pierce lit up Charlotte for 36 points, Minnesota for 21 points, and 23 points against the Heat. However, the big key has been Pierce’s new found dedication to the glass. Pierce has averaged eight boards by getting dirty in the paint. This has helped Boston not be as bad as they were in the rebounding department and has really helped the team pile on the wins. The assists are always there in that range as Pierce knows to deal the ball to the open man after the double comes during a hot streak.
The bottom line is other guys had more flashy performances. However, Pierce quietly has done his job and helped lead his team to four big wins with some stellar play. The team needed him to step up his game in all areas and judging by the jump in points and rebounding, Pierce is doing just that and he was rewarded for his efforts with this player of the week honors. Remember Go Green or Go Home!!!!!