Pierce (thigh) questionable for Friday vs. Suns

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Pierce (thigh) questionable for Friday vs. Suns

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

PORTLAND, Ore. The Boston Celtics got a tough, hard-earned 88-78 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night.

But like so many of their victories this season, it may have come at the cost of losing a starter.

Paul Pierce, who had 17 points, suffered what team officials are describing as a bruised right thigh injury.

That diagnosis came shortly after coach Doc Rivers had initially believed Pierce suffered a knee injury.

"Stuff that happens throughout the course of a game, bang knees, turn ankle," Pierce said.

Knee. Thigh. It doesn't matter.

Pierce's status is up in the air heading into Friday's game at Phoenix.

"Hopefully it doesn't swell up too much," Pierce said. "It swelled up a little bit, but not too bad. Hopefully it'll be all right for Friday."

And that is not good news for a Boston team that has been decimated by injuries all season.

With all the injuries that Boston has had this season, Pierce has managed to start all 45 games, a streak that might come to an end on Friday.

"He was struggling, trying to run," said Rivers. "We'll have to wait and see. I don't know if there are going to be X-rays or not. We didn't even check that. We don't need injuries, I can tell you that. We got enough of those."

If Pierce can't play, the C's would likely start either Marquis Daniels or Von Wafer.

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Report: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

Report: Free agent Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

A person familiar with the decision says free agent Derrick Rose has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose, a former league MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announce the agreement.

Rose played for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old's role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.

Rose drew interest from other teams. He met with Cleveland's front office on Monday, when the team promoted Koby Altman to be their full-time general manger after he served as the interim GM since mid-June.

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