Wednesday , Mar , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pierce, Celts keep creeping in East

(Sports Network) – Paul Pierce is having an MVP-type season for the Boston
Celtics, but his squad is still out of the playoff picture.

Boston has lost four of its last five games and is currently 10th in the
Eastern Conference playoff race. The Celtics, who suffered a 105-97 loss to
the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, trail Philadelphia by five games for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.

Luckily for Boston, the 76ers have lost four in a row and All-Star guard Allen
Iverson is hampered with an ankle sprain.

Pierce and the rest of the crew need to right the ship fast because the
regular season is rapidly winding down. With 14 games left, time is against
Beantown’s beloved Celtics.

Pierce, though, is the main ingredient in keeping Boston in the hunt.

He has scored more than 30 points in 13 of his last 14 games, and is the only
player in the NBA to lead his team in points (27.1), rebounds (6.7), assists
(4.8) and steals per game (1.4) this season.

On Wednesday, the Celtics conclude a brief two-game homestand versus the
Toronto Raptors to TD Banknorth Garden. Expect Pierce to light up the
scoreboard for 30-plus points in this one.