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UPDATE – 2/3, 3:30 a.m.: The Celtics received very good news on the Pierce injury. He has a strain in the middle part of his left foot, meaning the captain will be listed as day-to-day with the injury.
Originally, the Celtics seemed optimistic about Paul Pierce’s presumed “ankle” injury after the Celtics 99-88 win over the Wizards on Monday night. Pierce re-entered the game to play 17 more minutes after the nasty fall in which Caron Butler rolled over his foot. After the game, he provided his own diagnosis:
“I’ll get some X-rays tomorrow, but I think it’s not going to be too bad,” Pierce told reporters after the game, adding that he thought it was a sprain. “I would have known by now [if it was broken]. I think I’ll be all right.”
Instead, tests taken on Tuesday revealed Pierce could have a broken left foot, according to an NBA.com report, meaning the Celtics All-Star captain would be out for an extended period of time. Without Pierce, the Celtics would be left without their top scorer and clear team leader. Fortunately, the NBA.com report was inaccurate, and Pierce should be OK.
Pierce missed five games at the end of the December and early January with a knee injury, and the Celtics finished 2-3.