Celtics notes: Pierce tweaks ankle

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Celtics notes: Pierce tweaks ankle

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics have battled injuries all season, so it can be no surprise that as Kendrick Perkins returned from one, Paul Pierce left the game with another.

Pierce tweaked his right ankle during Tuesdays win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He left the Celtics bench during the fourth quarter and did not return.

But dont worry, he doesnt expect this to be a major problem.

I just tweaked it a little bit, he said after the game. Thats why I left to the trainers a little early to go and get a little treatment. I dont think it should be anything serious. I should be fine.

Coach Doc Rivers was not overly concerned about the team captain.

I think he thought we were practicing tomorrow. Its called The Veteran Injury, he said. They know how to get hurt late because they think it excuses them from practice the next day. So hes fine.

Pierce led all players with 24 points (8-for-15 from the floor, 6-for-7 from the free-throw line).

It was only four years ago that the Celtics found themselves in the same situation as the Cavaliers -- on the losing end of an 18-game skid, one season before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to Boston.

Back then the Cs didnt let their struggles dictate their efforts, and the Cavs dont plan on doing that either.

It goes in one ear and out the other. Thinking about it or letting it dwell doesnt affect the psyche at all, said Cleveland's Antawn Jamison. Thats something we dont need. The biggest thing for us is to go out there and compete and not worry about whats being said in the news, how many we lost in a row. Weve just got to go out there and compete and have the confidence to go out there and have an opportunity to win every time I go out there on the court.

The Cavaliers have not won since December 18, 2010. They beat the Celtics on October 27 in Cleveland.

The Celtics will begin a four-game road trip on Thursday, starting in Portland against the Trail Blazers. The trips includes stops in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Los Angeles for the first time since losing Game Seven of the NBA Finals to the Lakers in June. They will return to Boston on February 4 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics are 12-7 on the road this season.

Marquis Daniels (family issue) is likely to return to the team for their game against the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Former Celtic Leon Powe (torn right meniscus) did not travel to Boston with the Cavaliers. He stayed in Cleveland to continue his rehab, and told CSNNE.com he's on track for a February return.

The Celtics (42-for-84 in field-goal attempts) improved to 25-2 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

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Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.  

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