Pierce: Same feeling as title season

September, 27, 2010
9/27/10
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Leave it to Celtics captain Paul Pierce to express the unbridled optimism surrounding this team as it prepares to open the 2010-11 season.

"Truthfully, man, I had the same feeling about this team in [before the 2007-08 season], when we got Kevin [Garnett] on the team and Ray [Allen]. The additions that we added -- [Shaquille O'Neal], Jermaine [O'Neal], Delonte [West], and some of the other rookies -- this is one of the most talented teams, top to bottom. It's more talented than the teams than I’ve been on since I've been a Celtic.

"We talked about this last week when we all had a chance to play pickup with Shaq and KG. We were talking about the energy that’s around here again. Guys felt it -- the urgency to win another championship. Guys were talking about the memories of Game 7, as far as putting that behind us. I know it hasn't really gotten out of my head. As much as you want to put it behind you, it's hard. You can't. The only way to erase that memory is to go out and try to get another championship. Guys are motivated. The energy is back in the building and we're ready."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Isaiah Thomas
PTS AST STL MIN
20.3 5.7 1.0 26.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsI. Thomas 5.7
StealsM. Smart 1.2
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.7