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Pierce speaks his mind

03.03.10 at 8:22 pm ET
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Acting the part of a vocal captain, Paul Pierce, speaking to the media before Wednesday’s game, had a clear message for his Celtics teammates who might be bored with the regular season.

“I don’t have that mindset,” Pierce said. “If some players feel that way, then I think it’s shame on them. That’s what the regular season is about, is building for the playoffs. We haven’t been a team that has proved we coast during the season and turn it on in the playoffs. There’s no excuses. This is the build-up for the playoffs. You have to start playing well now.”

Before Saturday’s home court loss to hapless New Jersey, Kendrick Perkins admitted that the Celtics sometimes look bored and veterans like Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen can’t wait for the playoffs.

Pierce said he believes the team can win its second world championship in three seasons if only it gets its act together on its home court.

Entering Wednesday’s game against Charlotte, the Celtics were a very average 16-11 in 27 home games, the second-most losses of the 16 teams currently in playoff position.

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