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Big Al hopes to be man in the middle of C's resurgence

Updated: April 11, 2007, 12:20 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | Special to ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Al Jefferson positioned himself on the block, asking for the ball. That didn't mean he was expecting to get it. The Celtics were down two points to the Knicks and five-time All-Star Paul Pierce, who has been the go-to guy in these situations for the past eight years, was maneuvering toward the basket with the rock in his hands.

Jefferson was mildly surprised when Pierce threw it to him in the post. As the double team converged, a common strategy since Jefferson began racking ...

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