Pierce offers to call your Valentine

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Pierce offers to call your Valentine

Paul Pierce has stepped up in the absence of his injured teammates, and now is he stepping up to help all those last-minute Valentines Day shoppers.

On Wednesday, Pierce tweeted his gift suggestion, a Celeb Call from none other than himself.

Need a last minute Valentines gift? Think celebcalls. Send a phonecall from me celebcalls.com valentinegift @celebcalls Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) February 13, 2013
The theme of the calls range from special occasion (I always like putting a smile on people's faces so I thought that was the least I could do) to basketball advice (I wanted to give you a little shout out and tell you keep up the good work) to good game shoutouts (They even showed me some of your highlights on YouTube and I was like NICE! ), and more, with options to customize the messages.

The Celtics captain comes through in the clutch again.

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.

5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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5 reasons the Celtics will get the No. 1 seed

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