Monday, April 2, 2012
It's A Good Time To Be Paul Pierce
From what I hear, Paul Pierce leads a pretty good life. However, even he would have to admit that this past week has been particularly special for him.
Not only have the Celtics won five in a row (hottest team in the East), including a blowout victory against the Heat yesterday, but his college team (Kansas) is in tonight's national championship game vs. Kentucky. On top of that, Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
I'm sure he would put the birth of his children (assuming he has some), winning the NBA title in 2008, getting married and being drafted by Boston ahead of this week but he can't be complaining about how things are going at the moment.
In four games last week, Pierce averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. That run included a season-high 36 points and 10 rebounds in a 102-95 win vs. Charlotte. He ended the memorable span with 23 points yesterday afternoon as he outdueled LeBron James in a nationally broadcast contest.
Teammate Kevin Garnett was also nominated for the award while Clippers point guard Chris Paul won the Western Conference Player of the Week. This was the second time that Pierce has been recognized by the NBA, he also won it in the beginning of February.
The Celtics are back in action on Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Spurs in their only matchup of the season. The Spurs are the Western Conference's version of the C's except they've played even better. Seriously, San Antonio is the No. 2 seed in the West. It's crazy. They don't play each other often but these teams usually produce the NBA equivalents of instant classics so be sure to tune in (something I don't usually say about the NBA).
As for Pierce, I heard last week that he wanted to go to the title game if the Jayhawks made it. I'm going out on a limb that he found a private jet headed down to New Orleans. Let's hope he has fun but more importantly, doesn't stay out too late or blow too much money gambling.
UPDATE 4/4: Tonight, Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March. Kevin Durant received the nod for the West.