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Paul Pierce pulls no punches: ‘I really didn’t come to play’

Posted By Mike Petraglia On December 31, 2010 @ 7:55 pm In General | No Comments

Paul Pierce [1] did what a captain usually does after an emotional loss, one without two stars in the lineup.

After scoring just 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 36 minutes of an 83-81 loss to the Hornets Friday, Pierce was not about to make excuses for a team that was missing Rajon Rondo [2] and Kevin Garnett [3]. As a matter of fact, he put most of the blame squarely on his own shoulders.

“Maybe Paul Pierce has to do a better job in stepping up his game,” Pierce said in third person. “I really didn’€™t come to play to today, evident when you look up, six turnovers, but we only lose by two. The responsibility is on the guys out on the floor.

‘€œRegardless of the injuries, I’€™ve [said before] injuries are going to happen. Regardless of the injuries, we’€™ve still got to show up to play. There’€™s no moral victories’€¦and the guys that we put out there have got to be ready. We’€™re on the home court with guys who know how to play the game’€¦a game that we feel like we should win.”

The Celtics [4] used an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to open an 73-66 lead with under seven minutes remaining, only to see the Hornets outscore them, 17-8, down the stretch.


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