Posted December 29, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Boston Celtics continue to flounder without Paul Pierce. The Celtics will be trying to avoid their worst start in 42 years Friday night in their home opener against the Detroit Pistons in a matchup of winless teams. Boston (0-3) last dropped its first four games in the 1969-70 season. There's no word on a possible return for Pierce, who is out with a bone bruise in his right heel and has barely practiced in preparation for this season. While Pierce's team-high 18.9 scoring average from last season is sorely missed, the Celtics also have been awful defensively. They let New Orleans shoot 45.6 percent from the field in Wednesday's 97-78 loss, and that's the best figure allowed by Boston this season. "I just thought we played tired," coach Doc Rivers said. "We looked old tonight." The 2010-11 Celtics ranked third in defensive field-goal percentage (43.4) and first in scoring defense (91.1). Their marks of 49.6 and 106.0 this season are both ...

Paul Pierce may play tonight

Twitter / @sheridanhoops: Word from the #Celtics thi ... via kwout OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE... Dear God... I promise I'll be totally good for the rest of the year if you make Pierce healthy enough to play tonight. Maybe.  Still, though.  The Pierce thing would totally be great.  Thanks!

Paul Pierce Says That He Is 'Very Very Close' to Returning From Injury

The Celtics, after an 0-3 start, need all the help they can get right now. They may be on the verge of getting back one of the best players in the history of the franchise. Paul Pierce, who hasn't played a game this season because of a right heel injury, gave an update on his status on Thursday night via Twitter. "I'm close very very close very," the Celtics'...

Thoughts I thought – Celtics pick up their first win

Paul Pierce's return to the line-up was the big story for the Celtics against the Pistons Thoughts I thought Paul Pierce’s return was easily the most important thing these Boston Celtics needed to finally get into the win column. It was clear from the get go that Paul Pierce was trying to be aggressive and prove that he was ready to return. He got to the basket, got himself...

Paul Pierce Returns, Celtics Win

Perhaps all the Boston Celtics needed was their best player. Losers of their first three games this season, the Celtics welcomed back Paul Pierce and then welcomed themselves to the win column with a 96-85 victory over the Detroit Pistons. In his debut, Pierce had 12 points, five assists and four rebounds. He hit half of his eight shots from the field and both of his free throws...

Paul Pierce to make season debut for Boston Celtics tonight

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Paul Pierce a game-time decision for C’s home opener

There are no “must win” games in the first week of the season. But the 0-3 Celtics sure could use one Friday night. And they might have Paul Pierce to get it. Here is the latest, via Chris Sheridan of Word from the Celtics this morning is that Paul Pierce will be a game-time…

Fiddlin' & Diddlin' - Daily Links 12/31

Herald   Paul Pierce provides boost Truth always best Doc talk turns Frank Pietrus arrives with plenty of smiles O’Neal answers critics Final: Celtics 96, Pistons 85 Jermaine O’Neal on his resurgent performance: “I’m a fighter” Globe   Video: Postgame interviews Room to maneuver Jermaine O’Neal can make big impact on Celtics Jermaine O'Neal shines in Celtics...

Recap: Boston vs. Detroit

Paul Pierce had 12 points in his season debut, and Boston finally broke into the win column with a 96-85 decision over the Detroit Pistons.

Celtics to get tested early tonight against the Heat

The Celtics will (reportedly) again be without Captain Paul Pierce tonight as they take their talents to South Beach to face the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Doc Rivers also mentioned that newly acquired Mickael Pietrus was about 10 days away as he rehabs a knee injury. Sasha Pavlovic will [...]

Taking Stock: C's-Heat

After each game, we'll be taking stock in each players... and maybe coach's... performance.  If we like what we see, we're buyin'.  If we don't, we're sellin'.  Or maybe we'll just hold onto our stock until we see more next game Paul Pierce:  The man who hasn't played a minute yet has shown us all that he's horribly indispensable...

Celtics Drop to 0-3 Without Paul Pierce After Falling to Hornets

NEW ORLEANS -- Jarrett Jack's first regular-season start since the Chris Paul trade was more than good enough for the New Orleans Hornets. Jack had 21 points and nine assists in his season debut, and New Orleans dominated in its home opener, beating the winless Boston Celtics 97-78 on Wednesday night. The Celtics are 0-3 for the first time since 2006-07, the season before they...

Jermaine O'Neal Showcases His Offensive Potential With Big Showing in Celtics' First Win

When Jermaine O'Neal's final jump shot snapped through the net in the fourth quarter, the Celtics center didn't seem the least bit surprised. O'Neal considers himself a capable scorer, even if the evidence -- eight total points in the Celtics' first three games -- says otherwise at this point in his career. O'Neal was finally able to contribute offensively...

Today's Celtics Links 12/30

Herald   No defending Celtics play Paul Pierce ‘very close’ to return Derrick Rose fulfills vow with aggressive play as Bulls defeat Kings Lakers out in force for this one against the Knicks Kevin Durant’s buzzer-beating three leaves Mavericks winless as Thunder triumphs Kevin Garnett to get limited stake in Roma soccer club Globe Game 4: Pistons at Celtics ‘NBA Forever’...
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