The resurrection of a rivalry

With the Knicks just 4 games behind the Celts, it's finally getting interesting again

Updated: December 15, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce has been a Celtic all his NBA days. He arrived in 1998, and has played for four coaches, two ownership groups and one icon.

He has experienced the intensity of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry with two matchups in the NBA Finals. He has witnessed the Celtics-Sixers rivalry in the form of an emotional, five-game series in 2002, his first playoff appearance as a Celtic.

One dormant rivalry remains for Pierce to sample, and Wednesday night might well present itself ...

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