We recently learned that Paul Pierce is playing through neck pain, but no one realized how bad it was until today.
“I probably won’t be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do,” Pierce said. “I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back, part of my neck. It’s something that I’ve been playing through over the last several months. I’m about as healthy as I’m probably going to be in the regular season right now.”
Pierce had that issue with stingers a couple of years ago, and it looks like that problem is back… or at least something similar. If there’s nothing he can do about it… then all he can do is gut it out and deal with it.
That type of injury isn’t comfortable at all, and I’m sure it’s at least a contributing factor to some of his struggles, especially if he gets hit during a shooting motion. Pierce is a durable guy, though, rarely missing any time over the course of his career due to injury (knock on wood) so he’ll just push through.