Pierce named player of the week


Pierce named player of the week

BOSTON Yet another sign that the Boston Celtics' fortunes are indeed improving, Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week - the first Celtic to be honored this season. San Antonio's Tony Parker was the award winner this week in the Western Conference.

In leading the Celtics to a 4-0 week, Pierce averaged 22 points, 6.3 assists and 5.8 rebounds.

Pierce has indeed regained his all-star caliber form after beginning the season with a heel injury - an injury he told CSNNE.com occurred a couple days prior to the start of training camp - that sidelined for all but one preseason practice and the first three games of the regular season.

"I'm getting more comfortable, getting my legs more conditioned to where I can play better and longer stretches," Pierce said recently. "Before I was playing on wobbly legs. I'm definitely getting better."

And so are the Celtics (13-10). They come into Tuesday's game against Charlotte with a four game winning streak, and victories in eight of their last nine games.

For the season, Pierce is averaging a team-best 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.