Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald has the latest on what was an eventful Tuesday afternoon practice before the team took their charter down to Miami. A synopsis of the report:
Pierce is PROBABLE for the Miami game after practicing fully with the team today.
Rondo is still QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow night with his hamstring injury. He also practiced with the team today.
Eddie House is DOUBTFUL for tomorrow with a bad stomach flu. He missed practice today as did Perk. Kendrick however, traveled with the team and is expected to play tomorrow while Eddie is not.
Got all that? Good. Let’s hear from the Captain talking about his injury via Murphy’s article:
“I got a good practice in today – felt pretty good, probably not 100 percent, but it’s getting better,” said Pierce. “I got a chance to run the last couple of days on the treadmill. I shot every day, rode the bike every day, so I’m as confident as I’m going to be. It’s just a matter of the swelling going down. I have a lot more flexibility than I’ve had in the last few days. I saw some flashes today.
“I went through the meat and potatoes of it,” said Pierce. “I talked to the doctors, and the side effect is if it swells again. So I’ll continue to get treatment, take pills and go from there.”
Pierce attempted to dispel any notion that due to the team’s short-handed situation, he is rushing himself back.
“Not at all,” he said. “I’m coming back because I feel good. You know Kevin’s going to be out, and maybe Rondo will play — I don’t know for sure. But I don’t feel pressure at all to come back out here. I wouldn’t do that to myself. I wouldn’t do that to my body at this point in my career.”
That last line is very reassuring to hear. The Truth is a trooper and knows his team needs him, but he seems to be well aware of the long term implications surrounding his health. Here’s hoping Rondo is taking the same attitude towards tomorrow night.