Pierce sits out C's practice; Williams dislocates finger

Pierce sits out C's practice; Williams dislocates finger
April 4, 2013, 1:15 pm
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WALTHAM — Each and every member of the Boston Celtics was on-hand before Celtics practice on Thursday, including Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Jared Sullinger.

Those three didn't practice, but they aren't the only ones who watched from the sidelines.

Paul Pierce revealed that he tweaked his right ankle in Wednesday's win over the Pistons, and he wouldn't practice Thursday.

"I'll probably take the day off," he said, wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt. "I'm a little sore from yesterday, tweaked the ankle. So I'll probably rest up today."

There's certainly no need for Pierce to put pressure on the ankle at this stage in the season with the postseason just around the corner.

"We'll see how it feels," Pierce said. "If we played today I probably wouldn't be able to go, unless it was a playoff game. The key right now is for us to all get healthy going into the playoffs."

Terrence Williams also hurt himself, perhaps more seriously, on Wednesday. In the second quarter, he dislocated his right pinky finger.

"He threw the ball, and I tried to put my hand out to get the ball," Williams said. "As soon as the ball hit my hand, my finger just popped up that way (up). Right now it's like the size of my thumb."

Williams had the pinky finger wrapped up and taped to his ring finger.

"They said I dislocated it, so I ain't never did that to my finger before," he said. "Well, I have to one of my other fingers, but it didn't swell up like this one. This one swelled up immediately.

Williams popped the finger back in on the court himself, something he said was just a natural reaction.

"I'm a doctor," he joked. "I think it was just out of seeing my finger bent up and being scared. I just went like that and it popped back in. I'm glad it actually went back in. I heard the longer it's out the more it hurts, so I just tried to get it back in.

Williams went in for x-rays at halftime, which determined that it wasn't broken. It was undetermined if he could practice Thursday.

"I don't know. Yesterday when I was trying to dribble the ball in the game, I couldn't feel my hand, so that was kind of hard. So I was trying to dribble with my left. So today I'm going to try to see if I can dribble or whatever."

Doc Rivers was asked if he was worried about the injury. But he'll get a good look at how Williams plays it before he worries.

"I'm not, but you never know how that affects each player, so we'll find that out," Rivers said.

Despite the setback, Williams didn't seem too disappointed, despite the fact that he looked to finally be getting on a bit of a roll with his new team.

"You gotta cut my hand off for me to actually say I'm not going to play basketball," he said. "If you have to tape my finger with all the electric tape you can find, and I'm going to still play. So it doesn't change. It's not like I shoot 15 shots. I can pass still with two hands or my left hand, so it don't really disappoint me, it just hurt."