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Paul Pierce's Injury Not Deemed Serious

Feb 2, 2010 – 11:40 PM
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Paul PierceCrisis was averted in Boston on Tuesday evening when the Celtics' medical staff determined that Paul Pierce's left foot injury was not as serious as initially feared. Pierce injured his foot in the first quarter of Monday's win over the Wizards, eventually returning to action before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. He's officially been diagnosed with a mid-foot strain and is listed as day-to-day.

When X-rays following Monday's game were inconclusive, the team originally feared Pierce might be lost for several weeks with a broken bone. However, additional testing on Tuesday apparently ruled out a fracture. Pierce underwent an MRI on Tuesday and was examined once again by the team's medical staff, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

"We were concerned after watching the injury and seeing the soreness on Paul's foot this morning and what it looked like on TV," Celtics GM Danny Ainge told the Globe on Tuesday. "I was worried, so I was very relieved to hear it was a sprained mid foot and that he'll be back soon."

How soon? That much is not yet known -- "When he's ready to play, he will play," Ainge said -- but if the official diagnosis holds true, it certainly seems more likely than it did Tuesday afternoon that Pierce will be able to play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 14.
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