Pierce named player of the week

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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.

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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