10 reasons for optimism after the Patriots loss
9. Paul Pierce is still ballin'
Paul Pierce was set to move into second-place on the Celtics' all-time scoring list Wednesday night, passing Larry Bird. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more durable player in Celtics history -- Pierce has played in 79 or more games in nine of his 13 seasons. He's a joy to watch. You want to be really depressed about something? Become a Knicks fan.