What Paul Pierce Must Do to Propel Boston Celtics to Eastern Conference Finals

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What Paul Pierce Must Do to Propel Boston Celtics to Eastern Conference Finals
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Celtics star Paul Pierce hopes to once again lead a charge to the Eastern Conference Finals.

With only a dozen games left on their regular-season schedule, the Boston Celtics have about a month to prepare for the playoffs. And without floor leader Rajon Rondo and top rookie Jared Sullinger, Paul Pierce must prepare himself to play a bigger postseason role than ever before.

The captain has always been instrumental to Boston's success, as evidenced by his 2008 NBA Finals MVP trophy. But this year is a whole different animal.

Ray Allen joined the enemy and defending champion Miami Heat. Injuries have ravaged the roster from top to bottom. New in-season additions include three players from the Chinese league, leading to heightened minutes for Pierce and fellow veteran Kevin Garnett.

With so much working against them, a Celtics championship push this year depends on Pierce. The following list of tasks details what the franchise's second-leading scorer must do to push Boston back to the Eastern Conference Finals, and possibly beyond.

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