Clippers’ Paul Pierce excited about his 13th post-season

Los Angeles Clippers' Paul Pierce, left, dribble against Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Paul Pierce of the Clippers drives around Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game Dec. 16 at Staples Center/AP photo by Danny Moloshok


Paul Pierce of the Clippers is 38, and just concluded his 18th NBA regular season. Now he’s about to begin his 13th post-season, and that still thrills him.

“It’s always an exciting time of the year come playoff time because this is what you play for, right here, a chance to win a championship,” said Pierce, who, along with current Clippers coach Doc Rivers won a title in 2008 with the Boston Celtics. “You get through the 82-(game) grind, which is tough on a lot of us. Guys go through injuries and miss games and stuff, but it’s good right now that we’re probably as healthy as we’ve been all year long for a chance to chase what we’ve been talking about all year long – winning a championship.”

The fourth-seeded Clippers play host to No. 5 Portland on Sunday at 7:30 p.m at Staples Center in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.