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Pierce: Stop comparing us to 08

WALTHAM — Now that the Celtics [1] have exceeded postseason expectations talk has begun to brew about whether this team is better than the 2008 version, and it’s beginning to get old for Paul Pierce [2].

“You guys [are] asking me all these questions about the ’08 team,” Pierce said Friday after the team conducted practice. “There’€™s no comparison in the teams. You guys want to make them similar, make them different, make them better. It’€™s a completely different year. New players that are trying to develop its own identity. Whatever happened then, happened. It’€™s not the same thing. We’€™re trying to develop our own identity with this team by winning a championship.”

That came after the third straight question about 2008, but on the first Pierce gave an interesting response.

“It’€™s a little more challenging, going on the road so much,” he said. “We played probably the three hottest teams in basketball coming into the playoffs. It’€™s tougher mentally and physically, just the road that we took to get here.”

And if this team wins a title?

“If that happens,” Pierce said. “I’€™ll be able to answer that.”