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Doc: Pierce 'doubtful' but not ruled out

Updated: December 24, 2011, 1:03 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that captain Paul Pierce did not participate in any of Friday's practice session and remains "doubtful" for Sunday's season-opener against the Knicks on Christmas Day.

Rivers noted the team will attempt to put Pierce through a practice before departing for New York on Saturday and will consider playing him -- likely in a reserve role -- if he gains medical clearance. Sasha Pavlovic is expected to start if Pierce, who has ...

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