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BOSTON - Paul Pierce will see his first action of the 2011-12 season on Friday night, as Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers told Sean Grande of WEEI that the Celtics' captain will start against the Detroit Pistons in the home opener.
Pierce missed the majority of training camp with a bruised right heel suffered a few days before the start of camp. As a result, Pierce missed the team's two preseason games against the Toronto Raptors as well as the first three games of the season. On Christmas Day, Pierce was with the Celtics as they took on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Two days later, Pierce was a game-time decision against the Miami Heat before the Celtics decided to shut him down for the road trip finale against the New Orleans Hornets.
Pierce has averaged 22.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 13 seasons in Boston.
Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce is reportedly a game-time decision for Friday night's home opener against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden, according to Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops. Pierce missed almost all of training camp and has not yet played this season for the Celtics as he continues to recover from a bruised right heel.
Pierce was a game-time decision prior to the team's season opener against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day and was also a game-time decision against the Miami Heat before the team decided to shut him down for the road trip. In the last four seasons, Pierce has played 71 or more games and has appeared in 80 or more games three times.
Paul Pierce is expected to miss his second straight game as he continues to recover from a bruised right-heel when the Boston Celtics face the Miami Heat in South beach on Tuesday night, according to head coach Doc Rivers.
"He worked out (Monday), went pretty well," said Rivers (via ESPN). "He didn't get as sore, so that's a good sign. He's not going to play tonight -- I doubt it, at least."
Pierce missed most of training camp and was on the bench for the Celtics' season-opening 106-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Christmas Day. Sasha Pavlovic started in Pierce's place and had zero points and one rebound in 15 minutes.
Rivers would not comment on Pierce's status for Wednesday night's road trip finale against the New Orleans Hornets, saying only that the C's captain is "day-to-day" right now.
As reported by ESPN's Chris Forsberg, Pierce was one of the first players out on the practice court during Tuesday's morning shootaround in Miami, taking shots at both ends of the court (and even dunking).
Paul Pierce is doubtful for the Boston Celtics' season opener against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. Pierce missed the majority of training camp and continues to recover from a bruised right heel.
Paul Pierce has been the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics for the past decade, and they wouldn't be where they are now without him. Yet the recent heel injury to The Truth has his status for the Celtics' season opener in jeopardy.
Paul Pierce will not play in the Boston Celtics' preseason finale against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening at TD Garden, according to head coach Doc Rivers who told reporters on Tuesday that he was concerned about Pierce's health.
"I'm concerned, not long-term, but I'm concerned short-term," Rivers told reporters (via WEEI). "We have those two games right off the bat and he's gone one practice and that's basically it. So, yeah I'm concerned about it."
Pierce has been suffering from a bruised right heel that has kept him out of the majority of training camp practices, the team's open scrimmage and the preseason opener against the Raptors on Sunday. Pierce is entering his 14th season in the NBA, all with the Celtics, and has scored 21,410 points and collected 5,847 rebounds and 3,661 assists in 964 career games.
Pierce went through drills on Monday, but did not participate in the team's practice Tuesday after experiencing soreness.
"I'm concerned," Doc Rivers told reporters after the practice. "I'm not concerned long-term, but I'm concerned short-term."
Losing Pierce for any extended period of time would hurt the Celtics, whose depth at small forward is not a team strength since losing Jeff Green for the season. If Pierce misses any regular season games, Marquis Daniels would likely start in his place and Sasha Pavlovic would see an expanded role off of Boston's bench. Rivers said it's also a possibility for Daniels to remain with the second unit even if Pierce cannot suit up, because Daniels has fit so well with the bench during practices.
Pierce won't play in Boston's final preseason game on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors. Rivers said the plan is for Pierce to practice on Friday in hopes of being available on Sunday when the Celtics open the season at Madison Square Garden.
BOSTON - The Boston Celtics are one week into training camp, and that can only mean one thing: injuries, injuries, injuries. Jeff Green has been the team's most concerning injury so far, suffering from a mystery ailment that has kept him out of practice since signing a one-year deal worth $9 million. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Sasha Pavlovic are also on the C's injury report as of Friday evening. Here's more on each player's injury.
Jeff Green: Green has been held out of every training camp practice after he failed the stress test portion of his physical, and the team has not yet learned what the mysterious setback is but should know by Saturday.
"Nothing," said Rivers when asked what he could tell the media about Green. "I will know for sure [Saturday]. I keep saying that, but I will. Danny [Ainge] called and said he'll announce it tomorrow, so we'll wait. Other than that, we just leave it at that."
Kevin Garnett: KG suffered a setback in practice on Thursday, injuring his thumb. Garnett was in attendance at the Celtics' open scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden, but the Big Ticket sat on the bench for the entire game.
"He hurt his thumb yesterday in practice," Rivers said. "X-Rays were negative, which was good. We just didn't want to play with that. He'll play Sunday [against the Toronto Raptors]."
Paul Pierce: The Truth was the first player out on the court prior to Friday's scrimmage, but he was held out of the game and will not play in the team's preseason opener in Toronto on Sunday. Pierce is recovering from a bruised right heel that he suffered during training camp practice this past week. Rivers says he will practice again on Monday.
Rajon Rondo: It appears that Rondo has fully healed from a sprained right ankle suffered during practice this week that held him out of several practices, as Rondo played 20 minutes in Friday's scrimmage and finished with two points and seven assists. Rondo will likely play in the preseason game against Toronto over the weekend.
Sasha Pavlovic: The recently re-signed Pavlovic did not play in the Friday scrimmage as he continues to heal from a wrist injury suffered in the latter portion of the week. His status is unknown for Sunday's game.
"He's just got to wait and let it heal," Rivers said. "He'll be back soon, but I don't know if that means Sunday or not."