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Should Celtics train a new top dog?

Paul Pierce normally has the ball with games on the line, but is that a good thing?

Updated: April 15, 2011, 6:59 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- As Shaquille O'Neal once noted, "If you don't have dogs, forget about digging up any rings."

With some contending NBA teams, it's easy to identify the "alpha dog" -- that dominant player who takes over basketball games and willingly steps up to take the big shot, makes the big play, delivers the big speech (or impassioned tongue lashing) when his team needs it most. Kobe Bryant will do that for the Los Angeles Lakers and Derrick Rose appears poised to accomplish the ...

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