Pierce to take on more point-forward role without Rondo


Pierce to take on more point-forward role without Rondo

BOSTON Paul Pierce takes pride in being able to give the Boston Celtics whatever they need.

That mentality takes on even greater significance now that Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn right ACL injury.

Rondo's injury means the Celtics will look to Pierce to play more of a point-forward role which is essentially what he did in Boston's 100-98 double overtime win against Miami on Sunday.

Pierce finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists which was his first triple-double of the season.

"Responsibilities definitely go up when you have Rondo out the game," Pierce said. "More of a facilitator. Have to do a little bit of everything for this ball club. That's about it."

It is a role that Pierce has taken on at times in the past, one that might be easier for him to excel at based on the Celtics' personnel.

The need for Pierce to handle the ball more is necessary because the C's perimeter players are primarily scorers more than they are ball-handlers.

Pierce might benefit from handling the ball more, as it would likely take some of the pressure off him to score more points.

The Captain has been in a bit of a shooting funk lately, connecting on six of his 16 shots from the field against the Heat. In the five previous games leading up to Sunday's match with Miami, Pierce was shooting 32.9 percent (23-for-70) from the field.

"You know my shot, it's going to fall," Pierce said. "It's not something that I'm worried about."

For now, Pierce is focused on doing whatever he can to help the Celtics build off of what has to be their biggest win of the season. And with Rondo out, that's going to require him to do more - a lot more - than he has thus far this season.

"I still have a lot of intangibles," Pierce said. "The know-how; I know how to play this game."

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

NBA reaches seven-year labor agreement with players' union

When was the last time you saw any labor contract — not just the NBA, not just pro sports, but in any business — get done before either side could opt-out, let alone the actual deadline?

That’s what happened with the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The teams had until Dec. 15 of last year to opt out, with the real deadline for a new deal being July 1 of this year. Yet the two sides reached a deal before either side even opted out.

Thursday the NBA and National Basketball Players’ Association announced that the new CBA had been signed. It’s a seven-year deal that kicks in July 1.

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