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Celtics upbeat on Pierce for Game 2, uncertain for Perkins

Updated: June 7, 2008, 5:06 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- The swelling was down, the limp was less pronounced, and the questions regarding whether Paul Pierce had overdramatized his injury were not rekindled.

All indications pointed to Pierce playing Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, although things seemed less certain regarding injured Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who sprained his ankle in Game 1.

"Paul is moving much better today, that's clear," coach Doc Rivers said. "Of the two, he's the one I'm most optimistic about."

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