Pierce (heel) out for Wednesday's exhibition


Pierce (heel) out for Wednesday's exhibition

WALTHAM The right heel injury that Paul Pierce suffered prior to the start of training camp, was getting better.

Then he practiced on it, and now it has regressed.

It may be that kind of season for the Pierce, whose status for the season opener at New York on Christmas Day is very much in doubt.

Already ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against Toronto, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers admits that he is worried about Pierce's availability moving forward.

"I'm concerned," Rivers said on Tuesday. "I'm not concerned long-term, but I am concerned short term."

But that's the problem.

The challenges in the short term are just as great because of the condensed NBA schedule courtesy of the 149-day lockout.

When you look at the Celtics' schedule to start the season - six games in the first nine days of the season - there's a very good chance that because of the heel injury, Pierce might be sidelined for some of those games.

Pierce, in an interview with CSNNE.com last week, acknowledged that he is concerned that the heel injury will be difficult to shake if he returns to playing too soon.

"It's the type of injury if you play on it," Pierce said. "It'll linger and get worse."

Pierce was targeting a return to action for Wednesday's game against Toronto. But that all changed following a workout on Monday.

"He went real hard yesterday and it just got real sore," Rivers said.

The best thing Pierce can do right now, is simply stay off the heel and give it as much rest as possible.

"But the problem with that is, it'll be a lot of rest and he may be ready," Rivers said. "But with no play, that's scary. If he's not, he's not."

Pierce's injury only adds to the problems the Celtics are having this year at the small forward position.

Jeff Green, who was going to play behind Pierce this season, failed his physical after results showed that he had an aortic aneurysm. Team officials announced last week that Green would miss the entire 2011-2012 season.

Marquis Daniels, who had 11 points in the C's 76-75 preseason win over Toronto on Sunday, will be counted on to help fill the void left by Pierce's injury.

The Celtics will also look at Sasha Pavlovic, who has been battling a sprained left wrist injury. The injury is on the mend, evident by him being able to participate fully in Tuesday's practice.

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

Celtic draftees make first foray into community with presentation to Ohrenberger School

WEST ROXBURY, Mass.  -- It was the last day of school for some band students at Ohrenberger School, many of whom were packed inside the gym eagerly awaiting the four newest members of the Boston Celtics basketball family. 
As eager as the students were to finish off the school year, for the Celtics rookies Wednesday’s appearance to unveil the school’s revamped “Music Zone” was just the beginning of their time with the Celtics.
Getting into the community has become an annual rite of passage for incoming Celtic rookies, with Wednesday’s event being part of the seventh annual Players’ Choice Grant.
The four-pack of Celts was headlined by Jayson Tatum, who was selected by Boston with the third overall pick. Joining him were second-round picks Semi Ojeleye, Kadeem Allen and Jabari Bird.
“Working with the kids is always fun,” Tatum said. 
The charitable arm of the Celtics, the Shamrock Foundation, provided a $50,000 grant to a charity that was chosen by the players from the 2016-17 season.
Players were greeted by a gym full of middle schoolers who conducted a question-and-answer session with the players, with some students coming away with a basketball signed by all the players. 
“I really enjoyed getting to know the fans, the kids,” said Jabari Bird, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 57th overall pick out of Cal.
The “Music Zone” received 17 new MacBooks which contained musical software, with several instruments, a portable stage and additional furniture.

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

After four seasons in Boston, the 7-footer and former first-round pick from Gonzaga is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O.