As part of his Weekend Dime, ESPN.com's Marc Stein makes the case for Paul Pierce to be voted an All-Star reserve (the only member of the Celtics on his seven-man reserve squad for the Eastern Conference):
Although Rajon Rondo is clearly Boston's best player nowadays, given how smoothly he runs the Celts' show and disrupts so many others, Rondo's recent injury woes (missing eight of Boston's 21 games with a wrist problem) could not be ignored. Ditto for the fact that Pierce's resurgence this month is really what got the Celts' season going with Rondo out. Dare I say one Celtic will be plenty for everyone in Orlando, after the East coaches put four on the 2011 East squad, but it's Pierce over Rondo here this time (and maybe for the last time).
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