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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Pierce (ankle) hoping to play vs. Denver

By Chris Forsberg


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce suffered a mild right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to the Sacramento Kings, but said the injury was minor and hoped to play Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.

"It’s a little sore, I just twisted it at the end," said Pierce. "It should be fine, though. We'll see how it goes. It's sore, but hopefully it won't swell up on the plane."

Pierce said he stepped on the foot of Sacramento's Marcus Thornton while setting a fourth-quarter screen right before Boston's starters were about to be subbed out with the team down 20 with 6:24 to go. Pierce got examined by team trainer Ed Lacerte on the bench then departed for the locker room.

Pierce appeared to be moving well after talking to reporters before departing Power Balance Pavilion. Celtics coach Doc Rivers still expressed mild concern about the injury.

"I’m always concerned, but I don’t think it’s bad," said Rivers. "We don’t know. I was about to take him out anyway, so I just hope [Pierce going to the locker room is] more that than anything else."