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Paul Pierce announced at a press conference Thursday that he has a “great chance” of playing in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Pierce scared all of Celtics Nation when he was seen on the floor clutching his knee and in obvious pain during the third quarter of Game 1. After a quick examination in the locker room, Pierce made a dramatic return to the game minutes later and hit two big three-pointers to put the Celtics ahead in the third for good.
He did mention that his knee has some significant pain and if there were a game on Friday, he wouldn’t be able to play. More from Pierce:
“I can walk on it, I can bend it, but there’s a little sharp pain on the inside of my knee. There’s a little pain in there right now so I’m going to keep it wrapped, iced.”
My thoughts: Plain and simple…If Pierce is out for a couple games this series, it’s over and L.A. won the NBA Championship. They need his leadership and ability to score for long stretches in games. He’s probably the most valuable player on the team besides Kevin Garnett.