View Full Version : Pierce might not miss two weeks

12-24-2009, 04:46 PM
Coach Doc Rivers indicated Thursday from Celtics practice that captain Paul Pierce, who underwent arthroscopic irrigation on his right knee Wednesday, might not miss two weeks as was originally expected.

"I think it may be shorter than two weeks," Rivers told the Boston Globe in Orlando, where the team is preparing to play the Magic on Christmas Day.

An infection in Pierce's knee was discovered following Tuesday's win over the Indiana Pacers, Pierce underwent the procedure at New England Baptist Hospital Wednesday morning under the direction of team physician Dr. Brian McKeon.

"Paul felt fine after the game," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe. "He felt great. A few hours later there was swelling and pain, and so they put him through some tests [Wednesday] morning. Then they went in and they felt like they needed to clean out the infection. It's nothing structural, and it's a guess, but they are saying two weeks. I'm always worried when a player gets hurt, but the good news is there was no structural [damage]."

Pierce will not travel with the team on its four-game road trip that starts in Orlando and continues with three games out west.


It's a Celtic miracle! :rimshot:

12-24-2009, 04:51 PM
faking again

12-24-2009, 04:58 PM
Faking again. no doubt to entertain Mr NBA Storylines ( see NBA forum to see who i am talking about).

12-24-2009, 05:00 PM
^^ LOOOL yup, he's at it again. He's gonna come out the locker room jumping VS the Magic.

12-24-2009, 05:15 PM
A knee infection is simply a drain, and short rest recovery. The initial report said 1-2 weeks. I don't get the big deal. If he returns quicker, that's not a surprise...since it originally said 1-2 weeks. He obviously isn't faking it. You can't fake knee infections. I had a friend who had a foot infection, was in the hospital for 3 days for the IV antibiotics, and within a week was running around.

Celtic-haters are funny.

12-24-2009, 05:24 PM
the first reports i've read said he could be out 1-2 weeks.

then somehow it was confused with just 2 weeks.

now it could be 1 week and people think he's faking? the initial reports said 1-2 weeks.. so for those who don't know, 1-2 weeks means it can take 1 week or up to 2 weeks. if he heals quickly, and is okay by 1 week, the initial reports are still accurate.

Durant is hype
12-24-2009, 05:24 PM
Paul Pierce appears to be using the "Faking it" move often.

12-24-2009, 05:36 PM

The Boston Celtics don't expect Paul Pierce back any time soon.

Pierce was in so much pain from a right knee infection that the All-Star forward called team trainer Ed Lacerte on Wednesday around 3 a.m, coach Doc Rivers said. Lacerte went to Pierce's house and took him to the hospital, where they drained fluid from Pierce's knee.

Pierce didn't make the flight to Orlando for the Christmas Day game against the Magic. He is expected to miss at least two weeks.

"What he's going through is pretty significant," Celtics guard Ray Allen said. "It is serious. Because me knowing Paul, he's always practicing and he's always playing, so for him not to be here, it must be very significant."

The injury surprised the Celtics.

The 2008 NBA finals MVP had played in every game this season, leading the team with an average of 18.2 points. Pierce complained of soreness in his knee after Tuesday night's game, when he missed his first 10 shots against the Indiana Pacers but wound up scoring 21 points in the win.

The team left the arena thinking he was fine.

"It's amazing, he won the game for us the night before and he woke up in the middle of the night hurting," Rivers said.

The Celtics are on a six-day, four-game road trip that will also take them to the Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns before returning home for a Jan. 2 game against Toronto. Rivers said it was doubtful Pierce would join them on the trip.

The good news for Boston: Kevin Garnett said he will play against Orlando after missing the last game with a thigh bruise.

Garnett was out with knee injuries in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals against the Magic, who eliminated the then-defending NBA champions in seven games. Glen "Big Baby" Davis also practiced, but Rivers said he's unlikely to play Friday because the forward is still recovering from a broken right hand.

But getting Garnett back should give the Celtics a boost.

"I'm playing," Garnett said. "That's all that matters. Details are not important."

Even Garnett's attention was focused on his teammate.

Players have been sending Pierce text messages and words of encouragement from Orlando, where the Celtics arrived Wednesday along with family members for the holidays. They came early to enjoy the area's theme parks and attractions with their families - Rivers makes his permanent home in central Florida - but each said that Pierce was on his mind.

"It's unfortunate for Paul's situation because it was kind of like a freak accident, or a freak situation," Garnett said. "It's really weird when you get the details of it."

12-24-2009, 05:43 PM
And the best actor Oscar goes to...