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Paul Pierce: 'I expect to play'

Updated: May 11, 2012, 10:39 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM -- Forward Paul Pierce said he plans on playing in Saturday night's Game 1 of the Boston Celtics' Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers, even as coach Doc Rivers said he was "concerned" about both Pierce and Ray Allen.

Pierce is nursing a left knee sprain suffered prior to Game 4 of the Atlanta series. He was hobbling down the stretch of Game 6 on Thursday night but said at Friday's practice, "I expect to play. I feel I can play tomorrow." ...

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