DENVER Paul Pierce, who suffered a twisted right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Boston's 25-point loss at Sacramento on Friday, will assume his usual spot in the starting lineup tonight.
Following the Kings loss, Pierce was hopeful that the ankle would not swell up and cause him to miss what would have been his fourth game of the season. He missed the first three games of the season with a bruised right heel injury.
And on Saturday, Pierce repeatedly told the media that it would be a game-time decision.
However, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that Pierce would in fact be in the starting lineup tonight.
"Paul's good," Rivers said. "He'll start in play."
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BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.
It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.
Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.
Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.
This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.
And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.
“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.