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Pierce Stiff But OK

10.11.08 at 10:27 pm ET
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Paul Pierce knows he’s in for a battle whenever he goes up against Ron Artest. So while Artest’s tough play seemed uncharacteristic for most preseason games, Pierce was not surprised at all.

“That’s Ron,” Pierce said. “He plays like that preseason, summer league, regular season. That’s the way he plays.”

Artest’s hustle was tough enough to send Pierce to the locker room in the first quarter with a stinger.

“It’s a little stiff. I’ve got a crick in my neck but I’m going to be alright,” Pierce said.

The Celtics captain knows Artest is only the beginning of opponents who will be gunning for him this season.

“You’ve got to understand, when you’re the champs people are going to come at you whether it’s preseason, regular season,” he said. “We’ve just got to be ready for it.”

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