Celtics.com is announcing that Paul Pierce was named Player of the Week for the Eastern Conference. Here's a look at Pierce's accomplishments as he helped the Celtics go 3-0 for the week. Dec. 12 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in Boston's 90-78 win over the Kings. Dec. 14 vs. Milwaukee: Poured in 32 points, including five-of-11 from three-point range as the Celtics beat the Bucks 104-82. Dec. 16 @ Toronto: Collected 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 90-77 win over the Raptors.
Along with Pierce's accomplishments, the Celtics are atop this week's Power Rankings. NBA.com has this to say as they move them from #2 last week to #1 this week:
Off: 111.5 (6), Def: 95.8 (1) -- The current run of nine straight matches the streak that started the season. Ray Allen is expected back for Wednesday's tilt against the Pistons.
ESPN had the Celtics ranked 3 last week, up from 5 the week before and this week they finally rank them #1.
The league's first 20-game winners -- which puts them on a 75-win pace, remember -- haven't had Ray Allen (ankle) for the last two of those triumphs. So we won't harp on the Celts' schedule for a change.
The Celtics stay at #1 on the Hoopsworld Power Rankings as well:
While the big concern was depth, the Celtics have gotten by with Ray Allen nursing an ankle injury - and Kendrick Perkins getting mauled by a bed (?). The next three will be challenging ones at home (Pistons, Bulls and Magic). So far it's been a special season for the Celtics.