Doc Rivers ‘Concerned’ About Allen, Pierce
Forward Paul Pierce said he plans on playing in Saturday night’s Game 1 of the Boston Celtics’ Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers, even as his coach said he was “concerned” about both Pierce and Ray Allen.
Pierce is nursing a left knee sprain suffered prior to Game 4 of the Atlanta series. He was hobbling down the stretch of Game 6 on Thursday night but said at Friday’s practice, “I expect to play. I feel I can play tomorrow.”
Allen was much less direct than Pierce. He said his right ankle (bone spurs) bothered him a lot in Game 6 on Thursday and that the pain is back to where it was a couple weeks ago, when he was unable to play.
“This whole last week and a half I’ve been day-to-day. I’ve had some great days and now I’m back to where I was two weeks ago. I’m just working through that,’’ he said.