Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce Likely Not Playing Tonight Against Miami Heat

by December 27, 2011

According to head coach Doc Rivers, the Boston Celtics will be without their star forward Paul Pierce, as they travel to Miami (Sasha Pavlovic is expected to start in Pierce’s spot.) From ESPN: “Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce worked out Monday and experienced limited soreness in his bruised right heel, but coach Doc Rivers does not believe Pierce will be ready to play Tuesday at Miami. Paul Pierce was on the floor Tuesday morning at the Celtics’ shootaround, but he’s doubtful for the game against the Heat. ‘He worked out (Monday), went pretty well,’ Rivers said. ‘He didn’t get as sore, so that’s a good sign. He’s not going to play tonight — I doubt it, at least.’ Asked if Pierce were to sit out Tuesday’s game whether he’d likely also miss Wednesday’s season-opening road-trip finale at New Orleans as well, Rivers was noncommittal. ‘We’re just going to go day by day,’ the coach said. ‘I’m not sure.'”