Could Paul Pierce be suiting up in another uniform soon enough?
According to ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg, the Celtics have denied the trade talks since Danny Ainge made a public statement saying he would be willing to make a trade if the right move went his way.
Paul Pierce is not only a player these Celtics have to keep on the roster for his legacy, but also for his ability to give the team the boost they need to contend for an NBA championship.
Since the trade rumors have lingered, the Celtics have responded with four wins in the team's last five games. A three-game win streak for the Pierce and company have the Celtics just one game under .500 at 8-9.
The Celtics have gone back to the recipe for success in the past for this veteran ball club—winning with top-notch defense.
Talk about impressive.
It is also important to take into account that along with defense, has come a spark of offense from "The Truth."
Without Pierce this season, the Celtics are 0-3. With Pierce on the court, the team is a solid 8-6 with five of the six losses coming on a five-game losing streak.
The Celtics leading scorer has been able to provide the necessary spark on offense to get this team going, as he is averaging 16.8 points per game. Yet in his last three outings, Pierce has been as impressive as he has been all season.
In the three top-producing games for Pierce—all of which the Celtics came out on top—Pierce has led the team with 34, 19 and 24-point games. The Truth is averaging 25.7 points, nine assists and 6.3 rebounds in those three wins.
Pierce has posted double-doubles with assists in two of the three wins and was two rebounds shy of a triple-double in the win over the Washington Wizards on the road. When Pierce goes for at least 20 points in a game, these Celtics are 5-2 on the season.
As the team has continued to respond on the defensive end and rely on the offense of Paul Pierce in the second half of ball games, the Celtics suddenly appear to be a team that can make a run in the East.
There is no question a team like the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat have the upper-hand. It goes without saying. Yet with the experience this team boasts while playing winning basketball with both Rondo and Allen in and out of the lineup, the Celtics are undoubtedly a team to reckon with so long as they are in the playoffs.
What fuels this team is the play of Paul Pierce, as made evident upon his return to the lineup this season.
If one thing is for certain in Beantown, in spite of the hype surrounding the Big Three breakup growing louder, Pierce has done everything to prove his name to a mere whisper.
With sustained success defensively, continued strong play from the younger talent on the bench and Pierce sparking the offense, the Celtics evidently stand a chance. Giving away "The Truth" is easily the worst move this team can make.