Pierce 'probably' won't travel to Toronto with C's

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Pierce 'probably' won't travel to Toronto with C's

BOSTON The Boston Celtics preseason begins Sunday at Toronto, and there will be at least one key player who probably won't make the trip.

Paul Pierce, who has been dealing with a right heel injury throughout training, will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors, though Celticsteam trainer Ed Lacerte thought Pierce's heel may be improved to where he could play at Toronto.

"But why take the chance of going from no practice to playing in an exhibition game," Rivers said. "We're probably going to leave him back."

Rivers, speaking to the media prior to Thursday's practice, said there's a chance that Rajon Rondo (right ankle) may not play in the preseason opener at Toronto, either.

Rivers said Rondo was expected to participate in some drills on Thursday, but "I'm not going to let him go through anything live."

The C's are also taking a wait-and-see approach on deciding if Rondo will participate in the team's scrimmage tomorrow.

"Rondo may play Sunday, but I don't know that," Rivers said. "But Paul's definitely not."

Another Celtic dealing with some level of soreness, is Sasha Pavlovic. The 6-foot-6 guard has a mild sprain of his left wrist.Rivers said he's surprised Pavlovic's injury wasn't any worse.

"Sasha, he got flipped pretty bad in the air yesterday and landed on his hand," Rivers said. "It looks like he'll give it a go. Other than that, just same thing here, everywhere else, strains, things, and poor play."

McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

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McIntyre still building and earning trust of B's coaching staff

BRIGHTON, Mass -- It hasn’t been an easy road for Bruins rookie goaltender Zane McIntyre since getting called back up by Boston a few weeks ago.

The 24-year-old netminder is trying to give the B’s top-level goaltending while earning the trust of the Bruins coaching staff, and adjusting to the sporadic playing time that goes along with playing understudy to a No. 1 netminder like Tuukka Rask. The three goals allowed in the third period of Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Penguins didn’t look good on paper, but really there wasn’t much McIntyre could do with the defense totally breaking down in front of him during a 12-shot barrage in the final 20 minutes.

The 3.95 goals against average and .860 save percentage certainly look like a little frightening for the first-year goalie, but the truth is there’s going to be some bumps as he adjusts to life as a backup for the first time.

“[The adjustment] is mostly between the ears, to be honest,” said McIntyre. “I have confidence in my physical abilities and I know what I can do, and what makes my game successful. So right now it’s just building confidence every day in practice and staying persistent, staying with it. I know good things are going to happen when you surround yourself with good people, and the biggest thing is battling every day and making sure I’m contributing to the team.”

McIntyre will certainly have to be sharp if he’s put back in the crease on Tuesday night against the Red Wings after Rask exited from Sunday’s loss in the second period with symptoms of a migraine. The Bruins top goalie missed practice on Monday while getting himself checked out medically, and there’s a chance he could be out if the symptoms are in any way related to the Roman Josi shot he took off his neck last week.

“I’m just taking it day-by-day to be honest. That’s what I’ve always done in the past, and I’m just trying to build up confidence every day,” said McIntyre, who had been lights out in Providence prior to getting the call to Boston. “We’ll just see what happens and roll with it.”

That’s a challenge McIntyre will certainly be up for in a different way than Sunday’s mop-up duty, but it remains to be seen just how steady-footed the Bruins will be about their goalie situation if Rask is expected to miss any time this week.