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Pierce passes Havlicek on all-time scoring list . . . at age 54?

Pierce passes Havlicek on all-time scoring list . . . at age 54?

At first, Doc Rivers wasn't aware that Paul Pierce was even close to John Havlicek on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

"I don't know how these guys all these numbers," the ex-Celtics and current Clippers coach said Monday night. "I'm amazed by that. But Chris [Paul] knew. And he comes over to me and says, 'Paul needs nine points.' And I'm thinking, 'For what?' I mean, I had no clue.

"And then when [he told me it was so he could pass John] Havlicek [on the NBA's all-time scoring list], I [said], 'Oh, no, we're getting him in. That would be great for Paul and Havlicek to be next to each other.' "

And so it happened. The former Celtic scored all of his 10 points in the final five minutes of the Clippers' 125-96 rout of Utah to pass another former Celtic legend, Havlicek, for 15th place on the NBA career scoring list with 26,397 points:


 

"Paul's amazing," said Rivers. "For a guy at 54 years old to go into a game . . . and just start scoring, that was impressive, actually."

Not quite as impressive as Rivers made it, seeing as Pierce is only 39.

Knicks, Nets reportedly in mix for Kyrie-Butler combo in '19

Knicks, Nets reportedly in mix for Kyrie-Butler combo in '19

Remember those rumors of Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler teaming up in free agency next year? Well, that buzz is back and Boston isn't the rumored destination.

Two league sources told Business Insider that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets could be well-positioned to land the two players, with one source saying the chatter is "substantial."

"It wouldn't surprise me if either New York team or potentially both New York teams hit it big next summer," one source said.

That echoes a Chicago Sun-Times report from July which said the Celtics and Timberwolves stars had been talking about how they could team up. Each player can opt out after this season and Irving has made it known he'll be heading to free agency. The Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors have been around for a while. 

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Paul Pierce says if Celtics learn to sacrifice, they'll win title

Paul Pierce says if Celtics learn to sacrifice, they'll win title

If there's anyone who knows what it takes to be a champion, it's Paul Pierce. So when the Celtics legend speaks, it would be best for the current team's young stars to heed his words.

According to a report from Boston.com, Pierce touched on what this current squad needs to learn if they want to hang the team's eighteenth championship banner from the rafters of TD Garden.

"When you have that type of talent, they're going to have to learn to sacrifice," Pierce said at a charity event in Brookline on Friday morning. "Not everybody is going to be able to accomplish maybe the individual goals they want to accomplish, but the team's greater goal should be all that matters."

The Celtics, who have made the Eastern Conference Finals the past two seasons but were vanquished both times by LeBron James' Cavaliers, saw perhaps their greatest obstacle in competing for a championship disappear when James signed with the Lakers in free agency. With one of the most talented rosters in the NBA, Boston has built a team capable of getting over the hump and winning a title.

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"You have to sacrifice if you are truly committed to winning a championship," Pierce added. "They're going to win a lot of games, but unless they sacrifice--because we know they're going to be better than probably what their numbers show--if they can sacrifice they'll win a championship this year. Because the talent is definitely there."

If there is one player on the current roster who can show that championship mentality to young stars like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, it's Kyrie Irving. However, much of the talk surrounding Irving, who won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016, this offseason has been about him potentially leaving Boston after the season in free agency.

"Kyrie is a competitor," Pierce said. "He's won a championship. He knows -- if they win again he'll get whatever contract he wants. He's an extraordinary talent and he knows that winning trumps everything. If you win, everybody wins."

The Celtics start their quest for their eighteenth title on October 16 when they host Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers.