Wizards News: Paul Pierce says Washington needs better on-court habits

Veteran Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce knows what it takes to get to the top of the NBA mountain, having won an NBA championship as a member of the Boston Celtics back in 2008.

In order for this young Wizards team to reach the heights that Pierce enjoyed with his former team, the man known as "The Truth" says that Washington's youth need to get things tightened up on the court.

"We got to build ourselves on great habits," Pierce said after Friday's 105-103 victory over the Miami Heat, via the Washington Post. "Tonight I wasn't happy with the defense, especially against a team struggling to score 100 points. We allowed them to shoot too high of a percentage. So them aren't the habits we want to have throughout the course [of the season]."

Washington erased a fourth-quarter deficit to win their sixth straight and 11th contest in their past 12. How, Pierce is far from satisfied.

"Even though we had a comeback -- that's nice and all -- but we're building for the long run," Pierce said, according to the Washington Post. "It's not about today, winning the game today and how we won."

"We're building habits for the great teams, we're building habits for the playoffs, and that's what I'm looking at each and every night."

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