Paul Pierce's Injury Not Deemed Serious
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.