Pierce: I'm 'day-to-day' with Achilles strain


Pierce: I'm 'day-to-day' with Achilles strain

By A.Sherrod Blakely

MIAMI Paul Pierce catches some flak -- okay, a lot of flak - for exaggerating the extent of his injuries.

We have seen him go down like a ton of bricks, only to rise to his feet moments later as if nothing happened.

So even after Pierce informed the world that he's "day-to-day" after suffering what was initially thought to be a left foot strain, there's little reason to believe that his current ailment will in any way keep him off the floor for Boston's Game 3 matchup against the Heat at the Garden on Saturday.

About midway through the first quarter, Pierce suffered what was initially thought to be a foot strain. But after the game, Pierce said that he actually has a strained Achilles tendon.

"I'll see how I feel the next couple of days," Pierce said.

The Celtics can always benefit from having the captain around.

But now, more than ever, the C's need all hands on deck if they are to find a way out of the 2-0 series deficit that they're facing.

"They the Heati held their serve at home," Pierce said. "They did their job. Now we have to do ours."

Miami was especially effective in the way its Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh outplayed their Celtics counterparts.

For the game, the Heat's Big Three outscored Boston's triumvirate of talent, 80-49.

And one of the keys to reversing that trend will be to get more out of Pierce, who hopes his Achilles tendon will not be an issue moving forward.

"When you strain your Achilles, every step is a slight pain in there," said Pierce, who had 13 points and 5 rebounds. "It loosened up when I got back in there. It really didn't affect me the rest of the game."

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

Stevens on Thomas' groin injury: 'It’s important that he’s 100 percent'

Stevens on Thomas' groin injury: 'It’s important that he’s 100 percent'

There’s no such thing as a good time to have an injury. 

But in terms of Isaiah Thomas being sidelined with a right groin injury and the schedule awaiting the Boston Celtics … this is about as bad a time as you can imagine to be without their scoring leader.

Thomas returned to Boston ahead of tonight’s game at Orlando, marking his first game missed since the 2014-2015 season. 

He suffered a right groin injury in the second quarter of Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday. 

At the time, Thomas was optimistic that he would be able to play tonight. But with a day off from practice, the soreness proved to be too much for Thomas to suit up and play tonight. 

While it’s unclear just how severe his groin injury is, the Celtics are likely to be overly cautious (like they are with most injuries) about his return which may result in him missing more games than Wednesday night’s matchup against Orlando. 

“Those things (groin injuries) are a little unpredictable,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters earlier today. “Especially in this sport, you have to be able to stop and change direction on a dime, especially him. It’s important that he’s 100 percent.”

Stevens is spot-on when he talks about how uncertain a return for Thomas is currently. 

New York’s Kristaps Porzingis suffered a groin injury against the Celtics in a preseason game back in October that didn’t result in anything more than him missing a day of practice. 

It was a different story when Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic suffered a right groin injury last spring (March 7-29) that sidelined him for 13 games. 

The timetable for Thomas’ return to the floor is likely to fall somewhere within those two timetables which would make an already daunting stretch of games even more difficult. 

Following tonight’s game, Boston has 12 games remaining in the month of December with nine being against teams with a winning record. And of the three games against teams below-.500 (Miami twice, Indiana), two of them are on the road.