Pierce, KG out vs. Heat

April, 11, 2013
4/11/13
12:34
PM ET
The Boston Celtics announced Thursday that neither Paul Pierce nor Kevin Garnett will play in Friday's visit to the Miami Heat.

Both players traveled with the team Thursday for this brief two-game road trip, but neither will dress for the first night of a back-to-back in Miami due to sore ankles. Garnett sat out eight games due to left ankle inflammation before playing the last two contests for Boston; Pierce has missed two games recently due to sore ankles.

The Celtics are 0-3 in the three games that Pierce has missed this season.

Given that both Garnett and Pierce traveled to Miami, it's likely they could both be back in the lineup for Saturday's game in Orlando. The team officially lists them as day-to-day.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers lamented a need to rest bodies, but Boston appears resigned to settling for the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will rest players as much as possible.

"I don’t love being in that situation, honestly, I’d love not to be, but that’s the situation we’re in," Rivers said after Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

PODCASTS

Greg Cosell, NFL

NFL Films' Greg Cosell covers the Cowboys' defense, Rob Gronkowski's impact, Darrelle Revis' performance last season, the Giants' talent level and the outlook for the Cardinals.

Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney and Keith Law talk about the Tigers' acquisition of Joakim Soria and whether it's wise to trade within the division. Plus, Matt Gelb on the Phillies' plans.

Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney talks to Marc Topkin about the Rays' plans with David Price. Plus, Jayson Stark on Price and the rest of the trade market as the trading deadline looms over MLB.

Tom Brady, Patriots

Patriots QB Tom Brady talks about donating to The V Foundation for Cancer Research and more.

Joe Buck, MLB

FOX's Joe Buck discusses his memories of Derek Jeter, Jeter's final season, the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox and the rosters for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

Brian Windhorst, NBA

ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst weighs in on the Heat's reaction to LeBron James' departure, James' mindset regarding free agency, whether the Cavaliers should pursue Kevin Love and more.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9