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Notebook: Pierce Questionable for Tonight

The Truth’s left knee injury (classified now as a bruise) doesn’t sound serious, but he is questionable for tonight’s game at Indy. Here’s the latest, via the Globe:

Paul Pierce’s status for tonight’s game at Indiana had not been determined after he sustained a left knee bruise in a 97-86 loss to the Hawks last night.

“The knee is a little tender but I’m just going to rest it and, usually, it kicks in when you slow down,’’ Pierce said. “So, hopefully it’s not too bad and I’m just going to see how it feels tonight.’’

You can bet our old friend Jim O’Brien will have the Pacers geared up to run tonight. Only one team this season is playing at a faster pace than Indy, and they know they’re facing an older team on the second night of a home-road back-to-back. 

Doc and the C’s Harvard sleep deprivation nerds experts apparently circled this Pacers game at the beginning of the season as among the year’s toughest. Per the Herald:

“It’s an 8-7 – 8 p.m. start the first night and 7 the next,” he said. “(National) TV games always go longer, so you have that working against you, and then you have to get on the plane and have the early start the next night.

“I had our sleep-deprivation guy look at the schedule and point at the game that would be most difficult to win, and he said the Indiana game. But our bench is deeper now, and hopefully that will help.”