The Celtics didn't practiced today, but they did gather for a shootaround. I can't say I liked what I heard.
Both Pierce and Allen sat out Friday's walkthrough, following a shootaround. Pressed as to whether Pierce or Allen were closer to being ready for Game 1, Rivers sounded an ominous tone.
"I don't [know]," he said. "I'm concerned with both, to be honest. I don't even want to give a percentage."
I already brought up Ray earlier. I expect him to miss at least a game in this series, but you never know. This however (again) is less than encouraging
“This whole last week and a half I’ve been day-to-day. I’ve had some great days and now I’m back to where I was two weeks ago. I’m just working through that,’’ he said.
Pierce, however, in completely unsurprising news, is already proclaiming himself a go.
“Yeah, I expect to play,” Pierce said. “I feel like I can play [Saturday]. I’m just getting the treatments. I’m dealing with a sprained knee, getting as much ice as possible. It’s probably not going to heal until the season is over so I’m just doing the necessary steps that I can to make sure I don’t overdo it or put myself in a position where I could really hurt my career, moving forward, being at the age at I’m at. But I’m confident with the way it feels that I’m capable of going out there.
I tweeted this yesterday, but I don't care about whatever wheelchair jokes other fans throw at us, they wish their guys were as tough as Paul Pierce. Go ask Lakers fans how they feel about Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum right now, and whether they'd take Pierce's attitude and toughness over theirs.