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

Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

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Leon Powe talks about '08 Celtics, reunion with Ray Allen

In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.

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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball: Don't know Ainge, but he was tough 'for a white guy'

LaVar Ball said a bunch of crazy things Thursday during his appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe. Among them: He thinks that every white teenager gets a $100,000 car from their parents. 

The most notable for Celtics fans’ purposes as it relates to the chances of Lonzo Ball coming to Boston was that the father does not want the C’s to take the UCLA product with the potential first overall pick of the 2017 draft. He also vowed not to be a pain in Brad Stevens’ ass if the C’s do take the point guard. 

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Ball was also asked about Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. He said that he doesn’t know Ainge and has never spoken to him, but he did have an interesting description of the scrappy Ainge’s playing days.  

“I don’t know anything about Danny Ainge, but I know when he was a player, he was one of them sticklers to get up under you, boy,” Ball said. “But I haven’t talked to him. I don’t know Danny Ainge, I just watched him play when he was younger and I knew for a white guy, you could elbow him in the face. He was going to get back up and keep playing.” 

Ball did not say whether he thinks his son would have a better playing career than Ainge, a one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, but that should be assumed.