Pierce earns an A for his D


Odds are, Pierce wasn't named NBA Player of the Week because of his defense (he averaged 27.5 points in four wins). But Rivers noticed. Only three Celtic opponents scored more than 20 points in the four games: Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, and Kobe Bryant. None was Pierce's responsibility. "This is the best I've ever seen him play defense and it's been all year," Rivers said. "So that's where my pride comes in when I talk about Paul."

Bonzi Wells pretty much summed up the mood of the Houston Rockets, who come into the TD Banknorth Garden tonight after Golden State guard Baron Davis took them hostage late in a 112-95 loss Monday. "We played like trash in the fourth," Wells told the Houston Chronicle. "Everything trash consists of, we did that. It was just a trash quarter for us." ... Rockets star guard Tracy McGrady has missed three games with tendinitis in his left knee and is considered day-to-day. "We're going to prepare like he's playing," Rivers said. "And if he doesn't play, he doesn't play."

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