Sunday, February 13, 2011
Paul Pierce will undergo MRI
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- After being held without a field goal over nearly 40 minutes in Sunday's win over the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce revealed that he is battling pain in his right hand and left ankle, the latter of which will require an MRI on Monday.
"I sprained my hand in practice [Saturday] and I hit it today," said Pierce. "I just got to get my foot checked out [Monday], I'm going to get an MRI on it and go from there."
Pierce missed all 10 shots he attempted Sunday, only the fourth time in his career he's been held without a bucket and the first time since Dec. 13, 2000, when he went 0-for-7 with nine points over 31 minutes during a visit from Chicago. The only comparable shooting night of his career came on March 2, 1999, when Pierce was 0-for-11 with two points over 25 minutes in Cleveland.
On Sunday, Pierce finished with one point, while adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
"Right now, I'm just battling a couple minor injuries to my hand and my foot," said Pierce. "So I think that really explains my tentativeness and my off-shooting today. I told [Celtics coach] Doc [Rivers] that I really didn't have it today but I just tried to grind it out and thank goodness we came out with a win."
Pierce made up for his poor shooting by playing solid defense while paired opposite Miami's LeBron James for much of the game. James, who entered Sunday's meeting with an NBA all-time-best 31.1 points-per-game average against Boston, was limited to 22 points on 10-of-21 shooting over 43:28.
"We struggled offensively, so [defense is] where we hang our hat, and that's pretty much all I could do today was on the defensive end just, trying to slide my feet," said Pierce. "But, hey, me playing the way I did and us coming out with the win, I mean this is a big win for us."
Pierce is one of Boston's iron men, having appeared in all 53 games this season. He's battled minor bumps and bruises, including a sprained right ankle suffered in Toronto in early January, and a right knee bruise suffered earlier this month in Portland. Pierce also tweaked an ankle in late January against the Cleveland Cavaliers, heading to the locker room early that night, but suggested after Sunday's game that the current issue stemmed from an incident last week.
The Celtics played Sunday's game with only 10 available bodies, while Nate Robinson (bruised right knee) was limited to 4:45 of action.
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.