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).