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Paul Pierce: Celtics-Knicks a rivalry?

Updated: December 15, 2010, 11:47 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- As the hype surrounding Wednesday's showdown against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden starts to ramp up, the Boston Celtics playfully chided their Atlantic Division brethren by decrying the use of "rivalry" too soon.

"It's a rivalry?" Celtics captain Paul Pierce asked with a big grin. "Man, y'all are letting me in on all the new stuff, all the talk. I didn't know we had a rivalry going."

With the Knicks, winners of eight straight, playing inspired ball ...

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