Paul Pierce (choosing to address the media while wearing his shine blockers) hasn’t talked to coach Doc Rivers about sitting out the last two games of the season, and it doesn’t sound like he plans to. With the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks rounding out the schedule, he said there’s still something to play for.
His intentions are to a) win and b) get into as much of a rhythm as possible with the season winding down. Two games against two playoff teams seems like both the perfect test and tuneup.
“These games really mean something pretty much for everybody, for us too,” Pierce said. “We’re trying to win, we’re trying to move up. You want to get as high a seed as possible because you never know what could happen as far as upsets or home-court advantage in a certain round. We’re trying to move up too, and every game is important to us and also for the other two teams.”
On top of that, part of Pierce wants to erase the memory of Washington loss, particularly with fan appreciation night coming up. He agreed with Danny Ainge that the loss was “embarrassing.”
“It doesn’t feel right when you lose those types of games to a team that you’re supposed to really crush,” Pierce said. “It never feels good. It was embarrassing.”
This was the Celtics last full practice of the season, and as much as they were preparing for a Bulls team that just pushed into the eight spot, Pierce said the Celtics used the time to prepare for something bigger.
“We’re not only preparing for Chicago, we’re preparing for the playoffs,” Pierce said. “So we got some good work in today.