Pavlovic gets starting nod in place of Pierce


Pavlovic gets starting nod in place of Pierce

BOSTON Paul Pierce (right heel) will not play tonight, so that means one thing More Marquis Daniels, right?

Not so fast.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he'll start Sasha Pavlovic in place of Pierce, and not Daniels, in tonight's preseason finale against the Toronto Raptors.

Rivers said if it were the regular season opener, he would start Daniels.

"But I do want to see Sasha with the (first) group, and see how that works out," Rivers said.

Pierce, who has only had one full practice in the preseason because of the injury, remains questionable for the Celtics' season opener at New York on Christmas Day.

"A bruise - and that's what it is, on the heel - that heals slowly, but it heals," Rivers said. "It's gotten a lot better, but we just don't know yet."

The condensed NBA schedule certainly isn't doing the C's any favors, either.

After Sunday's game against the Knicks, the C's have five games in the next eight days.

Rivers is somewhat concerned about throwing Pierce on the floor with what essentially amounts to no training camp.

"Paul, you throw him out there and see what he can gives you," Rivers said. "He's a gamer; he's always been that."

Rivers added, "this is an extraordinary circumstance. Been in a lockout, we've had a week, two weeks together and he's been part of none of that. And then we're just going to throw him in a game, when he gets healthy? That's not the situation you want to be in. But when you play 66 games in 124 days, you don't have a choice. You can't burn four or five games, if he's ready to play."

Bulpett: 'Now it's all on Danny Ainge' after making no trades

Bulpett: 'Now it's all on Danny Ainge' after making no trades

Steve Bulpett believes Danny Ainge needs to have a great draft, and sign great free agents this offseason in order for the Celtics to compete for a championship next year after making no trades.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.