Pierce plays 1000th career game

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Pierce plays 1000th career game

BOSTON -- Paul Pierce played his 1,000th career game on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at the TD Garden. The milestone came 13 years and one month after his rookie debut on February 5, 1999.

I remember how nervous I was, he said. When you think back to your first game ever here in the Garden, youre excited to get your career started. Now with so many years passed and Ive reached a thousand games, its like, wow. I see a combination of a long time and that Im getting old.

Let's take a look back at the first time he stepped on to an NBA court (which happened to be the parquet in Boston).

Toronto Raptors 103 - Boston Celtics 92

Starting Lineups
Celtics: Antoine Walker, Paul Pierce, Kenny Anderson, Ron Mercer, Tony Battie
Raptors: Kevin Willis, Charles Oakley, Doug Christie, Vince Carter, Alvin Williams

Paul Pierce
39 minutes, 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-4 3PG, 3-6 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, four blocks, one turnover, four personal fouls

High scorers
Celtics: Walker, 21 points (9-18 FG, 3-5 FT)
Raptors: Willis, 28 points (11-21 FG, 6-7 FT)

Pierce posted 22 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3PG, 6-7 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two two turnovers, and two personal fouls in 26 minutes during Fridays 104-86 win over the Trail Blazers.

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
 
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
 
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
 
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
 
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
 
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through,  which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
 
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.