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Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:24 pm
 
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce is dealing with an Achilles injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. paul-pierce-game2

Here's the injury added to the insult of the Boston Celtics dropping both Games 1 and 2 to the Miami Heat in Florida: Forward Paul Pierce says he is "day to day" with an Achilles injury according to WEEI.com.
Paul Pierce strained his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Game 2 and had to go back to the locker room for a stretch. He returned soon after and scored 13 points in the Celtics’ 102-91 loss. “It’s day to day right now,” Pierce said. “We’ll see how it feels the next couple of days.” 
Pierce said he wasn’t sure how the injury happened, but it was a problem for him. “When you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight little pain,” he said. “It actually loosened up as I got back in there and it didn’t really affect me the rest of the game.”
Is this just another sign that the aging Celtics can't keep up with the three-ring athletic circus that is the Miami Heat? Is this an early excuse seed-planting in the event Boston bows out of the playoffs in ugly fashion?  I'm not sure on either count. It's still too early to tell.

One thing is clear though: The Celtics need more from Pierce. His averages so far against Miami: 16 points, six rebounds, 1.5 assists just aren't going to be enough to get it done with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade going off as they have been. 

Pierce needs to get to the free throw line with more regularity and also hope that his 44% shooting in the series so far heads back towards the 49.7% mark he posted during the regular season. 

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Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

I admit I am a Celtics fan.  But in '08, when it was C/Laker matchup, I thought the whole thing was rigged.  Attendance and ratings were down, so what happens?  Whaddyaknow, a Bos/LA matchup.  Now, thanks to LJ's supervillain status, ratings are up again and the Heat are getting the calls.  All those flagrants and T's on the C's when it was the Heat doing all the banging?  Suspicious.




Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

There's one guy besides Pierce with the physicality to guard James, in my opinion.  Jeff Green.  The Celtics seem to be fading and there is nothing like on the job training to get someone up to speed.  They need to put Green on James and sink or swim with it.  They put Maxwell on Magic back in the day and it worked.  Pierce is banged up and James plays like someone on steroids.  Put the youngster on him and see what happens.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

When I was younger, my biggest regret was that the celtic greats (Bird Parrish Mchale) seemed to break down too soon, though parrish would play for such a long time. Injuries at the back end of their careers along with some tragic events likely robbed them of at least one other championship if not two. With this current team, I regret that they formed so late in their careers when injuries start to take their toll. They seemed poised for a repeat in 2009 until KG suffered that odd knee injury and last year having to play game seven without kp will always haunt. It would be a shame to now have pierce hurt as they attempt to come back from 0-2. (though Paul does tend to be dramatic so a big effort saturday would not shock) This has been a great 4 year run regardless of the series and I love this version of the celtics. It has been great to recapture that greatness again and what i will remember most is that in an era of selfish individuals, they won by sacrificing individual performance and focusing on team play. very rare in this age of the nba. See you all saturday!! GO GREEN



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

What's the difference?  Not like he's really been playing\contributing anything anyway.  If I was Doc Rivers I would have gone to my bench with about five minutes left last night.  The starters all played like garbage for most of the night, while the bench actually did something when they had the chance.  I'm not saying we're better off without Pierce, but it's felt like he's basically been out of it the first two games, so really, what's the difference?



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Maybe he should try HGH and steroids for quicker recovery.  It seems to be working for King James.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

What a terrible development for the Boston Geltics and their fans (of which I am one.)  Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen did a lot of soul searching prior to the regular season beginning whether they had another olayoff run in them and whether they even wanted to try.  Well, they obviously decided to come back for it, and had a very solid regular season, even with watching the wear and tear on their veterans the entire season.  They got through it in relatively good shape and were rested before the playoffs began.  When everyone is healthy, they are a very complete, talented team with great depth.  Things were looking pretty positive for them to make  a deep playoff run.  As mentioned, the Celtics have good depth, but not enough to face the Miami triad without their all star.  He is key on offense and defense for Boston in the match ups against the Heat.  The bench can capably support Pierce, but they cannot replace him against the Heat.  I hope Pierce can effectively compete with this injury, but day-to-day and Achilles don't sound very good in the same sentence.  I guess all we can really do is watch game three closely to assess the significance of this injury.  If it gets in his way, this series is likely over.  What a disappointment that would be.  We will never see them again.  We almost didn't get to this year.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Pierce needs to get to the free throw line with more regularity?   In order to do that, you have to get a call when you get fouled. I know that everyone complains about calls, but for a future hall of famer and former finals MVP, he does not get any favorable whistles. I often get frustrated when the celtics rely too much on outside shooting, but there efforts going to the hole go unrewarded. I have seen guys go to the ground with no whistle only to see the heat come down the other end and someone breathe near lebron or wade and they are sent to the line. The heat are not this good defensively. You cant make a statement like he has to get to the line more. That is not always his choice. And no excuses will be ultimately be necessary. I have long accepted that this is how it is. It was this way in 87 when I was a young teenager and kevin mchale was sandwiched between Kareem and MThompson but somehow the ball went off his hands giving magic a chance at the baby hook and it was like that last year in game seven when the lakers had more free throws in the 4th quarter than the celtics had for the game. Team will show pride at home and if miami wins the series then so be it. david stern will have his dream ratings matchup that is inevitable when these two teams get every break, every call, every time.


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