Pierce: It's not about me

Celtics captain says team's built to win even on his off nights

Updated: March 6, 2010, 5:11 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

After Paul Pierce struggled in his first game back after resting a sprained right thumb, Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't seem concerned. He simply noted that Pierce would be better next game.

Rivers didn't lie. After a very un-Pierce-like 2-of-6 shooting performance for nine points in Tuesday's win over Detroit, Pierce rebounded Wednesday against Charlotte by erupting for 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting, his best offensive outing in more than a month.

"We need to use these games ...

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