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Paul Pierce has been ruled out of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics preseason finale, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is starting to look in doubt.The team expects Pierce to return to practice Friday in hopes of being available on Sunday, when the Celtics meet the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, but Doc Rivers is concerned. (Boston Globe)“I’m concerned, not long term, I’m concerned short term,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We have those two games right off the bat and really he’s gone one practice, that’s it.“It’s a heel bruise, he went real hard yesterday and it just real got real sore so we just want him to rest. The problem with that is it will be a lot of rest and he may be ready but with no play, that’s scary. It wasn’t really a test – he went out and did some one on one work with some of the guys and heel got extremely sore.”Since training camp started, Kevin Garnett got x-rays on his thumb (they were negative, thank God),
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