If there was ever a need for a seemingly unnecessary three-day respite, now would be the time after the Celtics were battered both physically and mentally all over American Airlines Arena on Saturday and Monday night. While the rest may not be enough to heal the injuries, it does give the team a perpetual chance to regroup before the team’s potential last stand Saturday night in Boston.
For now, here’s a roundup of the lengthy injury ward, from Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com:
Pierce has a strained Achilles’: “I’m day-to-day right now,” Pierce said. “We’re just going to see how it feels the next couple of days. When you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight, little pain in there. But it actually loosened up when I got back in there, got up and down a few times, and it really didn’t affect me the rest of the game.”
Rondo’s sore back: Rondo wore a wrap around his lower back before the game and during intermission to keep his back from tightening up. He said after Tuesday’s loss that he was fine, and even though Rivers told the media that Rondo asked to come out because of the back early in the fourth quarter, Rondo said it was due to fatigue. He did get some assistance while being stretched out on the baseline during the break.
“No, I was tired at the time,” Rondo said. Asked about the wrap he noted, “I was just trying to stay warm.”
Ray Allen on the injuries: “I don’t think anybody’s ever 100 percent at this time of year. It’s just part of the game,” Said Allen, who had 7 points on 2 of 7 shooting over 34 minutes. “It’s been a long year, you just deal with it. Whatever ails you I’m sure [the Heat] have the same issues, everybody has them. You use the off days to get your body better.”
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