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It looks like Celtics captain Paul Pierce’s could be the latest with health issues on a team that has caught a pretty big case of the injury bug as of late. Pierce has an apparent lingering foot injury, and reportedly received an MRI on his foot on Monday, a day after he missed 10 field goal attempts in a win over the Heat. This marks only the fourth time in his career that Pierce has played a game and not hit a field goal, but his latest performance was enough to raise concern.
The MRI showed Pierce had a bruise, but Doc Rivers said he should be able to go on Wednesday against the Nets.
“There’s some bruising, swelling, but he can play,” Rivers said of Pierce. “He’s going to play Wednesday. It’s just one of those things where if somebody hits you with a baseball bat on the arm it takes time to heal. He got kicked in the heel a couple games ago, hit on the hand the same way the same game.”
If Pierce ends up missing any time, he joins a seemingly bottomless pit of players on the Celts that just can’t seem to get it together health-wise, including, Nate Robinson, Shaquille O’neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Semih Erden, and Marquis Daniels. Jermaine O’Neal and Marquis Daniels are both expected to miss significant time, with O’Neal recovering from knee surgery and Daniels recovering from a freak spinal cord bruising.
Unless he is cleared by every doctor he talks to, Pierce should definitely think twice before suiting up for the All-Star game this year. Pierce on the sidelines is the last thing the Celtics need. With all the injuries, the Celtics bench is starting to look like an ad for The Men’s Wearhouse…Boston doesn’t need Pierce in a dress suit sitting next to all of the other hurt players. With things as tight as they are in the East, he should rest and get ready for the second half of the season if there is any risk at all of playing in the All-Star game.