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The excitement of March and the NBA playoffs

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff March 31, 2012 07:00 AM

Kansas Jayhawks, please stand up! My boys in crimson and blue have been rocking this tournament. I told you guys not to count them out. Now, weíre in the Final Four and only two teams stand in between us and that trophy. We canít look too far ahead though, since Ohio State has had a great run. They will be a tough test, but I have faith in my team.

This yearís tournament has been a lot of fun to watch and it is really getting me pumped for the NBA playoffs. Four powerhouses are now ready to duke it out for the title, what else could you ask for? Besides having my Jayhawks still in the hunt, my bracket isnít doing too bad either. I still have two of the Final Four teams in the mix. How do you guys match up against me and some of your other favorite celebrities? Take a look @TheLockerRoom to find out, or check out my personal bracket here http://pic.twitter.com/fYETTmmW.

Between the March Madness excitement and our playoff push, itís been a crazy few weeks. This season has also held a lot of individual milestones for me, and I recently was fortunate enough to pass the great Clyde Drexler to become the 26th all-time leading scorer in NBA history. These are the memories Iíll be able to sit back and reflect upon once Iíve retired, but for now Iím focused on the goal at hand: getting back to the NBA Finals to bring another championship home to Boston.

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 22, 2012 03:35 PM

Weíre only at the Sweet 16 and my Kansas guys already have me on the edge of my seat! That game against Purdue was intense. They were really handing it to us, but we were able to keep our composure and make a late comeback to pull it out in the end.

Hummel really had it going, but Coach Self made some great adjustments and it paid off. Basketball is all about rhythm and getting it going at the right time, and thatís exactly what KU did. Thatís what youíve got to do during March Madness, its win or go home and watch the rest of the action from your couch.

This yearís tournament has been great with all the upsets and surprises. While itís been exciting to watch, itís also got my bracket a little out of whack. No one could have predicted some of these outcomes, and Iíve got to say, as the competitive guy I am, Iím not too happy about being less than 50 percent with only seven of my picks making the Sweet 16. The great news though is that thereís a lot of unbelievable basketball being played.

Check out my bracket for yourself at @TheLockerRoom. You can also take a look at a bunch of other athletes and celebrity brackets in case you want to see how you stack up against the pros.

Next up for KU will be N.C. State and theyíve been one of the real underdog stories this year. Theyíve got a first-year coach and heís got his team playing good basketball. Make sure you guys tune in and show my Jayhawks some love this Friday night and donít forget to keep checking in to @TheLockerRoom to follow my picks.

Check out my bracket here if you missed it last time. Hereís to hoping Kansas doesnít become N.C. Stateís third straight upset!

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

Let the NCAA games begin

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 16, 2012 11:10 AM

Alright now, here we go. Itís one of my favorite times of the year, March Madness time. I always look forward to filling out my bracket. And I always look forward to schooling the competition. Whether itís my teammates, against my friends, or online, I play to win.

But this time Iím doing something a little different. I joined up with @TheLockerRoom so you guys can take a look at how Iím doing along with other athletes and even some celebrities that posted their brackets. You think you have what it takes? Hereís your chance to find out.

So far Iím 12 for 16, not too bad Iíd say, even though I hate being less than 100 percent. As a Kansas guy, I just couldnít pick our crosstown rivals Kansas-State over Southern Miss. Iíve got to hand it to them though, they competed and came out on top.

Thatís what is so exciting about March Madness Ė anything can happen. Itís one and done, so if you have a bad night itís all over and youíre going home. Thereís neither rhyme nor reason on who wins, especially in the early rounds. Your team could have had the best season, but itís all about rhythm, flow and momentum; really who gets it going at the right time.

Who do I think is going to cut down the nets at the end of it all? Youíll have to check out my bracket to find out. But rest assured, I always feel like my alma mater KU has a good chanceÖ

Iíll be posting throughout the tournament to give you guys some insight on my picks so make sure you visit my bracket page to see how youíre doing against me and you can also see how youíre doing compared to some of your favorite stars!

Let the games begin.

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

Another suite raffle

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 15, 2012 02:37 PM

Hey everyoneĖ my suite raffle is back! Have you had the chance to make it out to a Celtics game this year? Ever sat in a suite? Well hereís your chance. And you can do it while supporting a great cause Ė my Truth on Health Campaign Ė which gives kids the tools they need to be more active and physically fit.

Iíve created a special raffle for my fans to win the chance to watch us take on LeBron, DWade and the Miami Heat on April 1 from my own personal luxury suite at the Garden. The best part is all proceeds will go to my Truth on Health Campaign so we can continue to help kids in Boston stay active and live a healthy lifestyle. And all you have to do is buy $10 worth of raffle tickets.

Not only will you get to watch the game with 11 of your friends from my personal suite, youíll also get $500 of food and beverage, an autographed ball signed by yours truly and 12 Paul Pierce Activity Watches to help track your physical activity. Not bad right?

To enter the raffle, just visit my website www.truthonhealth.org or www.netraffle.org. Raffle tickets are only $2 with a minimum purchase of five tickets. The winner will be selected on March 30 at 11 a.m.. Donít miss out on this one and remember itís all for a good cause!

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

Time to get down to business

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 2, 2012 10:11 AM

We just wrapped up All-Star Weekend and now weíre getting back to the grind. It was a nice break, but feels good to be playing basketball with my teammates again. I was humbled to hear Iíd been selected for my 10th time. It was a great feeling to know that the coaches thought I deserved to be back and to have Rajon join me in Orlando was a bonus.

All-Star was a great time like always. It's nice to be able to get out there with some of the other guys you're so used to going up against. It was a tight game at the end and we ended up with a tough loss, but that's how it goes sometimes. Even though it's an all-star game, that doesn't mean competitiveness goes out the window. Defense maybe, but not the will to win. I was still messing around with the West guys, trying to get inside their heads at the free throw line and things like that. Those rivalries lie deep!

Now that we've entered the second half of the season, it's time to really get down to business. KG is on a tear since weíve been back and believe it or not itís getting to be that time where we gotta get everybody back and focused on getting ourselves in a good position to make a run. The time is now.

Speaking of getting down to business Ė we have a big game coming up on Sunday, and I have an awesome raffle going on for my fans right now to win a chance to sit in my personal suite at the Garden! Check it out online. You can buy raffle tickets for only $2 (minimum purchase of 5) to see us take on the Knicks at the Garden on Sunday March 4 from some VIP seats.

There will be three winners and each winner gets 4 tickets each. All the proceeds go to my Truth on Health campaign, which gives kids the tools and information they need to live a healthy lifestyle. You need to hurry to purchase your tickets though Ė the deadline is this afternoon at 2 p.m. I love when we can do things like this that benefit a good cause, especially one that I feel so passionate about. I hope you guys will take a chance and buy some tickets!

Weíve got two wins in a row, and have a big game coming up tonight Ė and I really think weíre heading in the right direction. Trust me, I speak the Truth when I say that we wonít allow anyone to take their foot off the gas. Weíve had some time to recharge the batteries, and now the pressure is on. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Now go buy your raffle tickets at netraffle.org Ė guaranteed to be a good time!

175x60piercelogo.jpgPaul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org

Follow Paul Pierce on Twitter @PaulPierce34 and @TruthonHealth and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paulpierce

About the author

Paul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »

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