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Paul Pierce strains left Achilles

MIAMI ‘€” Paul Pierce [1] strained his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Game 2 and had to go back to the locker room for a stretch. He returned soon after and scored 13 points in the Celtics [2]‘ 102-91 loss. ‘€œIt’€™s day to day right now,’€ Pierce said. ‘€œWe’€™ll see how it feels the next couple of days.’€

Pierce said he wasn’€™t sure how the injury happened, but it was a problem for him. ‘€œWhen you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight little pain,” he said. “It actually loosened up as I got back in there and it didn’€™t really affect me the rest of the game.’€

Pierce wasn’€™t the only Celtic playing in pain. Rajon Rondo [3]‘€™s back tightened up and Ray Allen [4] was dealing with a bruised chest. ‘€œ[Trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] and Dr. [Brian] McKeon did a hell of a job today,’€ Doc Rivers [5] said. ‘€œWe had a circus going on at one point. Ray needed to be taken to the locker room. Paul was coming out of the locker room. Rondo was asking to come out almost simultaneously. It was sketchy.’€