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Paul Pierce inspired, not panicked

He says the Celtics are best with their backs against the wall

Updated: May 7, 2011, 1:29 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- If the frustrations at being limited in each of the first two games of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat were weighing on Paul Pierce, the Celtics' captain did a good job of masking it at Friday's practice.

Pressed on what sort of difference a healthy (and non-ejected) Pierce could make in crunch time of Saturday's pivotal Game 3, the 33-year-old swingman, already seemingly loose as he met with the media, smiled and slipped for a brief moment ...

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