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Taking one for the team (as usual)

Best-laid plans spoiled by injuries, Paul Pierce putting Celtics on his shoulders

Updated: March 9, 2013, 6:38 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Remember the plan?

With Paul Pierce approaching the twilight of his career -- although the Celtics brass was savvy enough to not utter the infamous words that earned former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette a decade of derision for his description of Roger Clemens -- the Celtics publicly laid the groundwork in advance of the 2012-13 season that perhaps it was time for Pierce to come off the bench, to diminish his burden as the primary scorer, to cut down his minutes so his 35-year-old ...

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