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Even if Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce is healthy enough to suit up in Sunday's season opener, he likely won't see much court time.Pierce is battling a nagging heel injury that may keep him out of the lineup for the Christmas Day matchup with the New York Knicks. He's considered doubtful, but may give it a go.Head coach Doc Rivers suggested Pierce would only play between 15-20 minutes if he dresses, and would be replaced by Sasha Pavlovic in the starting lineup.Pierce averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 80 games last season.
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According to reports from the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce will miss at least the first game of the regular season…even if he is cleared by Eddie Lacerte. But, though we’ve heard a lot about Pierce’s diagnosis, not much has been said about what a heel bruise is. [...]
TNT Sports just confirmed that Paul Pierce will sit out today’s season opener at MSG. Sasha Pavlovic will get the start. Paul continues to suffer from a nagging heal injury. Stay tuned to CLNSRadio for more game updates from Manhattan.
Mr. Pavlovic, the floor is yours.
Paul Pierce, who missed much of training camp and both of the Boston Celtics' preseason games with a bruised right heel, won't play in Sunday's season opener against the New York Knicks.
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Celtics guard Paul Pierce didn't practice Friday because of a nagging heel injury and might not play in Boston's season opener against the Knicks in New York on Christmas Day.
NEW YORK - On Opening Day, the Celtics already were dealing with injuries. Paul Pierce reported to Madison Square Garden yesterday and didn’t even bother to work out.
8 a.m.: Paul Pierce is in the building, but whether he will suit up with a sore heel for Sunday's game against the Knicks remains uncertain. The 34-year-old forward had been declared "doubtful" for this game by Celtics coach Doc Rivers, but the news that Pierce made the trip to New York creates the possibility he could play. It would not be the first time he hobbled...
NEW YORK - Paul Pierce was wearing ruby earrings here yesterday - a festive holiday touch, indeed.
Boston forward Paul Pierce missed the NBA season opener at New York because of a bruised right heel, and the Celtics hope he can return Tuesday when they visit Miami. Sasha Pavlovic started at forward for the Celtics on Sunday. Coach Doc Rivers says Pierce did little during a light practice Saturday, making it an easy decision to sideline the All-Star.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics guard Paul Pierce didn’t practice Friday because of a nagging heel injury and might not play in Boston’s season opener against the Knicks on Christmas Day.
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