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April 23, 2014 Updates

On the morning of Game 2 in Toronto, the confident 36-year-old veteran, making his 11th appearance in the postseason, tried to explain how one acquires such late-game poise. His explanation implied he’s motivated to display a lot more of it in this series, especially in the frenzied Air Canada Centre atmosphere where he’s playing the villain role. “It’s just in the DNA,” quipped Pierce to a large group of reporters, trying to shed light on a question he’s been asked numerous times over his 15-year NBA career. “Everybody don’t have it. Everybody isn’t born with it. You can’t buy it at Costco or Walgreens, it’s in the DNA. It’s in there. There’s nothing I can do to let it go. I can’t lose it. I can’t break it. It’s in there.” Toronto Globe & Mail

April 20, 2014 Updates

It can be easy to look back on the 2007 deal and assume that adding another MVP-caliber player will again transform the Celtics into contenders. Ainge said that isn’t so. “Listen, I’m grateful we were able to do that deal,” he said, “but that deal was unique in so many ways. In one way [we were] getting quality players that still had a lot left in the tank in Ray and KG — as they’ve proven — [along with] keeping Paul. But the fact [is] that they complemented each other so well. Their games, they all needed each other. You had Ray, who was a catch-and-shoot guy. You had Paul, who was sort of a go-to guy. You had KG, who was defense, rebound, unselfish, the consummate team guy. The pieces fit so perfectly. That’s a big part of it, too. It’s not just talent.” Boston Globe

April 19, 2014 Updates

Paul Pierce absolutely took over down the stretch for the Nets, scoring nine points over four consecutive possessions in the game’s final three minutes to help deliver a 94-87 road victory over the Raptors in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series. After sinking the fourth shot, a mid-range jumper over Patrick Patterson that gave Brooklyn a nine-point lead with less than one minute to play, Pierce stared down the Air Canada Centre crowd and thumped his chest on the way to the huddle. “That’s why they got me here,” a mic’d up Paul could be heard saying. “That’s why I’m in here. That’s what I do. Best in the business. That’s what I do.” SI.com

Much has been made of playoff experience in this series with the upstart Raptors whose starting lineup had played in a combined 22 playoff games before Saturday. Pierce and Garnett have played in 22 playoff games in a season before, and this was Pierce's 137th career playoff game. "I've been in those situations a number, number of times," Pierce said. "I don't get rattled in the fourth quarter down the stretch of playoff settings. I've been in pretty much every playoff situation that you can imagine. I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game. "I think it's more gratifying than at home. I love those moments." USA Today Sports

The regular season is in the books and the Nets are ready to start their expedition to a championship for the second straight year. Through all the agony and doubt in the early season due to poor play, to the rejuvenation of this Nets team in the year 2014, we've finally made it to game one of the NBA playoffs. Who better to play in the first round, than the Atlantic Division-champions, Toronto Raptors. The Nets began this best of seven series, Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors, winning 94-87, in a tightly contested battle the entire way. The game was tied in the fourth quarter, but on the backs of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and some big shots from Paul Pierce, the Nets notched a huge road victory. NetsDaily

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The T-Wolves are a high-scoring team, third in the NBA, with a league-best 11 games when they’ve outscored their opponents by at least 20 points. But a game after they went for 143 against the Lakers, Love didn’t score in the fourth quarter and finished with only 14 points — about half of his usual scoring output. “I might be getting sick or something,’’ he said after scoring all of two points in 16 minutes after halftime. “I just had zero energy in the second half. I had nothing.’’ Hearing what Love said, Paul Pierce, who guarded Minnesota’s power forward most of the game, had the diagnosis. “Pierce-itis,’’ he said, walking out of the locker room. “It’s getting around.’’ New York Daily News

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So it comes as no surprise after beating the Celtics, 114-98, Friday night at Barclays Center — the Nets’ 11th straight home victory, which improved them to 17-2 at home since the start of 2014 — Paul Pierce declared his team is confident against any team in the East. “Nobody is talking about us, but we feel like we match up with anybody in the league, especially in the Eastern Conference,” Pierce said after scoring 14 points in 19 minutes against his former team. “Let the chips fall where they may. “Come playoff time, we feel we can compete with the best of them, and we feel like we can be one of the better teams in the East, if not come out of the East, and we’ll be able to surprise a couple of teams.” New York Post

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The only holdover from the 2008 championship team is point guard Rajon Rondo, whose contract expires after the 2014-15 season and has been the subject of trade rumors the past two years. Grousbeck did not hide his admiration for the four-time All-Star. “He’s loved right here, from my seat on the court,” Grousbeck said. “I love the guy. I love his championship ring when he was the young kid. I love his growth. It reminds me of Paul Pierce. Growing from the moments in his younger days and making progress toward being an all-time Celtic and a leader. I am always hopeful that a guy like that is going to stay around.” Boston Globe

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