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ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg has a summary of the morning shootaround:
* For the first time in a while, health didn't dominate the conversation. It's pretty much assumed at this point that all the dinged up bodies — including Paul Pierce (left MCL sprain), Ray Allen (right ankle bone spurs), and Avery Bradley (sore left rotator cuff) — will be playing through their aches and pains. All 15 guys were on the floor as the team prepared to launch into shootaround.
* Pierce did sport a bulky stabilizing brace over his left knee. Boston's captain, who has clearly grown tired of the questions about his health and has lately resorted to saying he's fine, clarified that he is unlikely to wear the brace during Game 4. Pierce politely suggested it was strictly precautionary by noting, "Well, when I first hurt (the knee) it was in a shootaround, why have another accident at shootaround?" Pierce suffered the MCL sprain when he tripped over a teammate's foot before Game 4 of a first-round series against the Hawks.
Rivers also noted that Garnett still got some shots up during the offday hoping to maintain his rhythm after a dominant Game 3 performance. When a Philadelphia reporter joked that 76ers fans will be thrilled to hear Garnett was working on his shot, Rivers laughed and noted, "Kevin’s a creature of habit. The one thing we do know, he reminds me a lot of Patrick Ewing, who I played with. Days off, even though he needed them, were bad, because it would take him out of rhythm. So they both would always go to the gym."
Brace or no brace, I want Paul Pierce to attack the basket tonight in the same manner he did Wednesday night.
How about oldman KG getting shots up on his off day? Garnett clearly doesn't subscribe to Kobe Bryant's methods of public relations or else he would have alerted the media.