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Pierce on injury: ‘It’s not the end of the world’ 02.04.10 at 4:22 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Paul Pierce spoke on Thursday for the first time since being diagnosed with a left mid-foot sprain that forced him to miss Wednesday night’s game against Miami and will likely keep him out of action against New Jersey on Friday night.

But the All-Star forward said he has reason to think he might be back by Sunday when the team takes on the Orlando Magic at TD Garden.

‘€œI can walk on it,” Pierce said. “It’€™s just a basic mid-foot sprain. It’€™s not the end of the world. I’€™ve had worse injuries, to tell you the truth. And the good thing about it is I didn’€™t have to go into a boot. I’€™m still walking around on it. It’€™s just about the pain going away. It’€™s a sprain but it’€™s not the worst sprain I’€™ve ever had.’€

Pierce said he definitely plans on taking part in the All-Star 3-point shooting contest and is hopeful for the All-Star Game itself on Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium.

[Click here to hear a humble Pierce explain why he's planning on going ahead with the All-Star 3-point contest.]

‘€œThe foot is getting better every day,” Pierce added. “I’€™m just doing the necessary treatments to get back on the court as soon as possible. Going by how it feels. The good thing about it over the last couple of days it’€™s gotten better every day so I’€™m just taking it a day at a time until I know it’€™s right.

‘€œIt’€™s tough but I know at this point in my career and understanding my body, I know the most important thing for me right now is just to get healthy. As a younger player I might have pushed it too much and who knows if I might have made the injury even worse. Right now at this age I have to take care of my body and do what’€™s right and right now the right thing is to get rest.’€ Read the rest of this entry »

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Eddie House on D&H: Rondo, Pierce and 3′s at 1:46 pm ET
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Celtics guard Eddie House joined the guys on Dale & Holley to talk about the All-Star 3-point contest, the Celtics’ recent struggles and Rajon Rondo’s maturity.

I’€™m hoping you could give us some news ‘€” that you’€™re going to take part in the 3-point contest?

No, I haven’€™t got an invite. I think Paul’€™s actually going to be the one representing the Celtics in the contest, so I hope all’€™s well with that and I hope he gets a win.

You should have been in last year, in your hometown ‘€” could you imagine a final in Phoenix between you and Mike Bibby?

That would have been a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, that’€™s not my main goal, to get in the 3-point contest. Mine is to make sure my 3-point percentage is steadily on the way up, and I’€™m helping the team get wins ‘€” that’€™s what it’€™s about. My job is to do whatever I can to get wins and get a few loose rebounds or make the next pass so somebody else can make the wide open shot, or if it’€™s me to take the shot or hit a 3 or 2, whatever I have to do to get a win, that’€™s what my focus is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pierce out against Miami 02.03.10 at 7:32 pm ET
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Paul Pierce will not play against Miami and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Tony Allen. Doc Rivers also said that he didn’t think Pierce would be able to play Friday against the Nets. The Celtics are considering the foot injury to Pierce to be a day-to-day situation.

Rivers said there is a chance that Marquis Daniels could be ready to return Sunday against the Magic, but he stressed that the team wouldn’t make a decision on Daniels based on Pierce’s availability.

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Ainge on The Big Show: Pierce, Allen, Rondo at 4:03 pm ET
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Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge went on the Big Show on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the state of the Celtics. Ainge dismissed as gross rumors any reports that the foot injury to Paul Pierce will keep the forward sidelined for anything more than a matter of days, said that he has not talked to any other clubs about a trade of Ray Allen, and addressed the recent comments of Rajon Rondo that there are “agendas maybe creeping in” that have affected the team negatively.

Does Paul Pierce have a broken foot?

What would be our motivation to say that he has a sprained foot if in fact his foot is broken? This is the same question we had last year. Why would we be hiding the rumors that were coming out that [Kevin Garnett] having a torn ACL? Why would we say that? What would be our motivation? I don’€™t get it.

You’re saying there is no broken foot?

There is no broken foot. He’€™s got a sprained mid-foot. The only question for us now is when are we going to play Paul. Are we going to give him two days off, four days off, six days off or try to give him four games before the All-Star break? Probably more than healing the foot but to heal everything and just let his body rest. Seriously you guys, I get these questions all day long and I don’€™t understand what would be our motivation trying to tell you something that is not there in regard to a broken foot or a sprained foot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pierce day-to-day 02.02.10 at 9:41 pm ET
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After a day of wild speculation, the Celtics released a statement late Tuesday evening which said:

Paul Pierce suffered a strained left mid-foot during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards on February 1. He is currently listed as day-to-day.”

Earlier in the day, TNT’s David Aldridge put out a report that had an unidentified source telling him that Pierce may have broken his foot. The Celtics countered that by saying the report was premature. The team was expected to make an announcement Wednesday.

The full extent of Pierce’s injury is still unclear, as is a possible timeline for his return. If he is out for a significant amount of time it will test the Celtics depth. Marquis Daniels is not expected to rejoin the team until the All-Star break. That leaves Tony Allen and Brian Scalabrine as the likely replacements for Pierce, with Bill Walker waiting in the wings.

The injury could also affect Pierce’s participation in the All-Star game, although that is the least of the Celtics concerns right now. They play four games before the break with the last one coming next Wednesday in New Orleans. They then have six days before they head out West to play the Kings. That long stretch of time could prove beneficial not only to Pierce, but also to their other injured star, Kevin Garnett.

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Report: Pierce may have broken foot at 5:32 pm ET
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A league source has told TNT analyst David Aldridge that the Celtics may be without Paul Pierce for an extended period of time. The All-Star forward may have a broken left foot. The C’s do not know for certain if Pierce’s foot is broken after X-rays were taken on Tuesday.

Pierce will undergo additional tests.

Pierce, who injured the foot in the first half of the Celtics’ 99-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night, is having one of his best season’s statistically, averaging 18.9 points on 47 percent shooting.

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Pierce to have X-rays on foot 02.01.10 at 10:59 pm ET
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Paul Pierce will have X-rays taken on his left foot on Tuesday, he told the media following Monday night’s game against the Wizards. Pierce injured his foot during the first quarter when he fell to the ground fighting for a loose ball against Caron Butler. He left the game but later returned. Pierce scored 12 points in 28 minutes.

“The foot is sore, so sit on it tonight, get some X-rays tomorrow, come back, see how I feel,” Pierce said. “But I think it’€™s not going to be too bad. I mean, I would have known by now. I have a really good sense of my body and usually how I feel and injuries. So I think it’€™ll be all right, but we’€™re going to go get the X-rays tomorrow.”

The Celtics‘ next game is Wednesday against the Heat in Boston.

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