With each passing day and each passing missed practice, the Boston Celtics are in jeopardy of suffering yet another catastrophic blow to the roster. Captain Paul Pierce, who has been dealing with a sore heel, has only been able to participate in practice just once since camp opened. Granted, camp has been only open for a minute, but you get the point.
Heel injuries are notorious for their slow recovery times and with the condensed 66-game schedule, Pierce could be in line to miss more games this season than your typical 82-game slate.
Head coach Doc Rivers spoke about the Pierce situation following Tuesday’s practice.
“I’m concerned not long-term, but I’m concerned short-term,” Rivers said. “We have those two games right off the bat and he’s gone one practice and that’s basically it. So, yeah I’m concerned about it.”
“We just want him to rest,” Rivers said. “The problem with that is, it will be a lot of rest and then he may be ready but with no [practice time], that’s scary and if he’s not, he’s not.”
The Celtics are set to tip off the season Christmas Day in New York followed by the Heat two days later. The Celtics are a border line pedestrian club without the future hall of famer.
In his absence, expect Sasha Pavlovic and Marquis Daniels to pick up the slack at small forward. Both are capable of filling a need, but since they are unable to play a two-way game, Doc Rivers will have to utilize their skills at the opportune moments.
Pavlovic provides the most upside, but his offensive game has been slipping over the last couple of years. Daniels is also capable, but is coming off a serious spine injury little is known if he is able to withstand the rigors of the NBA season playing extended minutes.