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Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Posted on: May 4, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 3:24 pm
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce is dealing with an Achilles injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. paul-pierce-game2

Here's the injury added to the insult of the Boston Celtics dropping both Games 1 and 2 to the Miami Heat in Florida: Forward Paul Pierce says he is "day to day" with an Achilles injury according to
Paul Pierce strained his left Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Game 2 and had to go back to the locker room for a stretch. He returned soon after and scored 13 points in the Celtics’ 102-91 loss. “It’s day to day right now,” Pierce said. “We’ll see how it feels the next couple of days.” 
Pierce said he wasn’t sure how the injury happened, but it was a problem for him. “When you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight little pain,” he said. “It actually loosened up as I got back in there and it didn’t really affect me the rest of the game.”
Is this just another sign that the aging Celtics can't keep up with the three-ring athletic circus that is the Miami Heat? Is this an early excuse seed-planting in the event Boston bows out of the playoffs in ugly fashion?  I'm not sure on either count. It's still too early to tell.

One thing is clear though: The Celtics need more from Pierce. His averages so far against Miami: 16 points, six rebounds, 1.5 assists just aren't going to be enough to get it done with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade going off as they have been. 

Pierce needs to get to the free throw line with more regularity and also hope that his 44% shooting in the series so far heads back towards the 49.7% mark he posted during the regular season. 


Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:40 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:12 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Well, this is most likely the end of the Boston Celtics as we know them.  If Paul Pierce is really injured, there is simply no way they can take the Heat in this series.  And Boston's exit from these playoffs will mean the end of this team as it is now configured.  There's no way Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen return for yet another season.  And I'm not really sure what Boston will be left with.  Shaquille O'Neal is finished, Jermaine O'Neal is close.  That basically leaves Rajon Rondo and some of the bench.  Ouch!!  I'm really surprised to see Boston so unprepared for their future.  They will have plenty of room for substantial additions, but they have to find them and get them.  Without much of a remaining core of starters, attracting what they want could be extremely difficult.  This will likely be a very interesting and unpredictable off season for the Celtics.  I'll  just bet the Boston fans end up very disappointed.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:55 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

I'm really not sure Boston could beat the Heat in this series, whether everyone's healthy on their team or not.  Even when healthy, they're an old team for the NBA  And not being healthy (Paul Pierce, Shaquille O'Neal) is frequently a symptom of this aging factor.  LeBron James, Dwyans Wade, and Chris Bosh are all in their prime.  I didn't like Boston's chances before the Piece injury.  If he's significantly injured, this series is definitely history.  I hope he is OK, and the world can finally see that the Celtics are done.  I really don't think it was very smart for Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen to return this year to try to snag another title.  It lessens the significance of what they really did accomplish.  This was a very fine team in it's day.  Those days are gone though and we must go on with something else.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:38 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

it should be called 3 old men vs the 3 young men

Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:13 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

my man when your big 3 goes to line 4 times and the other big 3 goes 32 there is something wrong

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:33 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Miami is younger, quicker, stronger, and better than Boston right now.  Quit crying about the officiating and take a loss like a man/woman.  You Boston fans are spoiled little brats.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:44 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Over anyway as in over matched

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 5:31 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

This will be like back a few years ago. They wheel out Pierce in a wheel chair to center court. Then come out and drop 40 on the heat. #1 flopper ever for that stunt. i felt humalited for him. Like it LT snapped his leg like Joey T. needs a wheelchair to make it off the floor. Then comes back 5 min. later dunking on guys.  Love it!!

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:50 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

I really wonder if this injury really matters in this series with the Miami Heat.  Pierce has not really played well so far.  I feel bad for Paul, but this may actually turn out to be a good thing for the Celtics.  They need more production from that position to effectively compete with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and friends.  If Boston does not get that production, they will not compete in this series and it is over.  Perhaps Jeff Green or Glen Davis could step up.  Maybe Shaquille O'Neal will be back to take up some of the slack.  Still, I highly doubt that is enough.  Game 3 will most interesting to see how the Celtics respond to all of this.  They still have a very good team that is very well coached.  But they're up against a very scary looking Miami Heat team that is relatively young and extremely talented.  Boston is not down in this series yet as they return home, so perhaps that advantage will counter some of the bad news, and also give Pierce a chance to get healthy.  But something must change for the Celtics to get back into this series and it looks like the shooting forward position is the prime candidate.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:33 pm

Paul Pierce is 'day to day' with Achilles strain

Wow!  This injury to Paul Pierce is critical in the Celtics ability to effectively compete in this series with the Heat.  I wonder how bad it really is.  Pierce was needing to step up his game in this series, before the injury.  If he didn't, Boston was already in trouble in this series.  Pierce is the primary defender on LeBron James, and is supposed to be a key contributor in scoring for the Celtics.  I really don't believe Boston can replace this capability with anyone on their bench.  They do have a good bench, but there is no Paul Pierce sitting on it.  Achilles injuries are bad and they can get much worse very easily.  If this setback slows Pierce to any appreciable degree, this series will very likely be history.  The Big Three of Miami are just too much horsepower for the remaining healthy Celtics.  They may be anyway, even with everybody healthy for Boston.  The Heat really seem to be coming together in the last month or so.  They could well be morphing into the superpower we all saw coming when they put this team together.  I hope Pierce is healthy so we can see this highly competitive series at its best.  I know I was eagerly anticipating this series all year.

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