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“Last night got me a little more comfortable,” said Wilcox. “Tonight, I just wanted to play hard. I was a little winded but it was a good one.”
Contributions from the nine-year veteran were vital to a win as the Celtics were playing a second night of a back-to-back, and missing Jermaine O’Neal from the lineup. Wilcox didn’t disappoint.
He came out aggressive, hitting all three of his field goal attempts in the first quarter while the Celtics jumped out to an early lead. At halftime Wilcox was the only player in double digits for either team.
“It definitely builds my confidence up more,” said Wilcox. “I got off to a slow start [this season]. Injuries held me back, and now I’m starting to get into a rhythm.”
I don't think I'm overstating this (although it sounds like I am), but a productive Chris Wilcox changes the entire complexion of this team. It gives the Celtics one more option down low, which gives the Celtics one more guy to give Kevin Garnett rest, which gives the Celtics a better opportunity to compete.
I'm saying I expect 14 and 6 every night… but what Wilcox gave the team last night could be pivotal.
On a slightly related note: I can't wait to see what this team looks like completely healthy. We still haven't seen it yet.
On Page 2: "I’d love to be Paul PIerce, but I’m Mickael Pietrus."
“That man been a 10-time All-Star,” Pietrus said of Pierce. “I’d love to be Paul PIerce, but I’m Mickael Pietrus. … I’m happy to get Paul back. It was hard for me to guard him on the opposing team. I’m glad I’m his teammate. It’s Paul Pierce. He’s a 10-time All-Star. He knows how to play basketball.”
Toss Pietrus into that mix of pivotal players.
And the guy he's talking about ain't bad either. Another near triple double for the Captain?
I'm not sure where this team will end up… but I'm telling you we stil haven't seen the Celtics' best basketball. Not by a long shot.
Related links: CSNNE: Pietrus rebounds from spill
The rest of the links: CSNNE: Celtics-Pacers talking points | Rondo: Pierce is "Mr. Everything" | Celtics hot hand continues | ESPN Boston: Working for the weekend | O'Neal aims for Sunday return | WEEI: Pierce: "I'm probably 83.7%" | The Truth: Pierce is back | Celtics get to .500 with win over Pacers | Herald: Celtics hold off Pacers | Allen looks to tomorrow | Celtics don't get message, win anyway | Globe: Pierce, Celtics keep up Pace | Strength Gaining | MWDN: An improbable resurgence