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Boston Celtics leading scorer Paul Pierce is expected to miss two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic irrigation on his right knee at New England Baptist Hospital. He will not travel with the team on their four-game road trip, which includes a Christmas Day tilt against the Southeast Division-leading Orlando Magic.
Following Tuesday night’s come-from-behind 103-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers during which the team’s captain scored 21 points after an awful start, an infection was discovered in Pierce’s knee. The resultant fluid was drained from the knee during Wednesday morning’s procedure.
“He felt great [after the game]. A few hours later there was swelling and pain, and so they put him through some tests this morning. Then, they went in and they felt like they needed to clean out the infection. It’s nothing structural, and it’s a guess, but they are saying two weeks,” Celtics president Danny Ainge told reporters.
Bill Walker of the Maine Red Claws has been called up to take Pierce’s roster spot.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.