Paul Pierce left the game in the fourth quarter last night (November 18th) against Detroit, but expressed no major concern regarding his health for upcoming games.
“It’s a little sore. I turned it on one of the last plays of the game. But I think it’ll be all right (with) a couple days rest,” Pierce said.
That’s good news for the Celtics, who can ill afford to subtract Pierce’s heady contributions on the offensive end. The Celtics did not practice today (Monday) and Pierce will likely do little to nothing tomorrow on another day off, so he’ll be good to go when the C’s return to action Wednesday night against San Antonio.
The game against the Spurs will be a good test for the Celtics. The Spurs aren’t the strongest on the interior (save the efforts of Tim Duncan) with Boris Diaw starting at center, but Kawhi Leonard will be tough matchup for Paul Pierce, even with a fully healthy ankle. Leonard is quickly solidifying his reputation as a lockdown defender and it will be interesting to see how Pierce reacts on a slightly gimpy ankle against a premier defender.