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Pierce, Celtics come together

Updated: March 16, 2010, 9:59 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Following Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins didn't exactly call out the leaders on his team, but he went out of his way to heap praise on Cleveland's LeBron James.

Perkins called James a "great leader" and noted how teammates seemed to feed off James' energy. If it was intended as a shot across the bow of captain Paul Pierce -- or any of the Big Three -- it wasn't overtly obvious, but the message might have been received anyway.

Pierce ...

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