Paul Pierce is preparing to accomplish a dream few ever thought possible. After Pierce's 19-point performance against the Orlando Magic Monday evening, he is now just 167 points away from passing the immortal Larry Bird on the Boston Celtics' all-time scoring list. At Pierce's current scoring rate, he'll pass Larry Legend in the next 10 games.
Yet despite this dream becoming a reality, 2012 is turning out more like a nightmare for the Celtic captain.
After being sidelined for the first three games of the season with a heel injury, Pierce returned to the team as they continued their spiral down to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. The 34-year-old veteran is shooting just 41 percent from the field and is posting career lows in points per game and field goals made.
But if we've learned anything in watching Pierce through his illustrious 13-year career, it's that he'll battle back. And in the process of surpassing Larry Bird's point total, Pierce will likely add some more unforgettable scoring performances to his resume.
But before he does so, let's reflect on the greatness of the one called "Truth," as we countdown the 10 greatest performances of Paul Pierce's career.