the Celtics playing for progress and ping-pong balls as the season winds
down, they aren't taking any chances other than in the lottery. That's
why neither Pierce (left elbow) nor Jefferson (left knee) made the trip.
director of basketball operations Danny Ainge revealed that Pierce, who
sat out his third straight game, recently underwent MRIs on his left
elbow and left foot. Ainge, who made the trip, was uncertain of the
results but said it was a virtual certainty that Pierce, who missed 24
games earlier this season with a stress reaction in the foot, would not
play at home tomorrow against the Heat or on the road Saturday against
"I do think that Paul still has some
swelling in his elbow," said Ainge. "We left him at home and he probably
won't play this weekend."
That increases the likelihood that Pierce will not play again this season, since only six games remain after the weekend.
could have some company, depending on how Jefferson's knee responds.
The team is listing it as a bruise. Jefferson injured the knee against
the Bobcats March 21 and aggravated it when he banged into Gomes in
practice Tuesday. Rivers said Jefferson would undergo further tests on
the knee "probably in the next day or two."