Paul Pierce understands that as the season winds down, the importance of each game goes up. That's why it was so important for the Celtics to pull out an overtime win against the Hawks after blowing a late lead.
The Eastern Conference still has a tight grouping of teams fighting for seeds 4-8. The Celtics are currently No. 6 seed, but they sit just a half game behind the Bulls for the No. 5 seed, and just a game and a half behind the Nets for the No. 4 seed.
"Every game is crucial," said Pierce. "All these games are big and we understand the sense of urgency right now. "
The Celtics are currently riding a five-game winning streak and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
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