Pierce passed over for P.O.W award
Pierce guided Boston to a 3-1 mark last week, averaging 22.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.8 rebounds over 36.5 minutes per game. With the Celtics playing much of the week without a trio of starters in Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, and Jermaine O'Neal, Pierce essentially carried Boston through what some have dubbed a season-salvaging stretch that included two wins over the Magic -- including a 27-point rally in Orlando on Thursday -- and a triumph over the Pacers on Friday that saw Pierce flirt with at triple-double (28 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists over 34 minutes).
In announcing James' honor, the NBA noted that he, "paced the Eastern Conference in scoring (29.0 ppg) in leading the Heat to a 4-0 week. James eclipsed the 30-point plateau three times and averaged 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Miami upended Chicago 97-93 on Jan. 29 to close the week behind James’ 35 points, 11 rebounds and five steals."
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