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April 1, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at TD Banknorth Garden.  Boston won 91-72.   Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
April 1, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) reacts during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston won 91-72. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Amazing how winning 7 games out of 8 and demolishing the Heat will raise the world's perception of you.

Paul Pierce was just named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Paul Pierce named player of the week -Celtics blog - Boston Globe basketball news

Paul Pierce was named the Eastern Conference's player of the week after averaging 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in four games. The points were 6 above his season average, a sign that Pierce -- in addition to Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Avery Bradley -- is turning it on at the right time.

Also see: Paul Pierce is playing his best basketball of the season

And the Celtics are now number 7 in ESPN's power rankings.

Power rankings: C's up to No. 7 - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Too good since the break -- and too dominant in the first of three remaining meetings with Miami -- to keep the Celts out of the top 10 any longer. Don't care how hard their schedule looks from here. Is there a team outside of the East's top two that you believe in more at playoff time than Doc's old-timers and Rondo?

Feel the love.