Post-game Reactions

We knew the captain’s left knee was banged up, but the C’s made the unusual move this morning of announcing formally that Paul Pierce has a sprained left MCL. They also announced Avery Bradley has a sore left rotator cuff (left shoulder) but Pierce, Bradley and the rest of the C’s all took part in the team’s shootaround this morning in Waltham before Game 6 at the TD Garden tonight.

The news of a Pierce injury is no surprise (we all saw how much he was favoring it in Game 5) but it does explain a bit more about the extent of the ailment. Since suffering the injury during Sunday’s shoot-around before Game 4, Pierce has just made one trip to the free throw line in the past two games. Before that? He had been there 30 times in Games 1-3.

For an offense that struggles to score, Boston can win without Pierce getting to the free throw line. Nonetheless, without the threat, it just makes life on the C’s offense that much harder and makes the need for everyone else on the roster to shoot well even more crucial. Between getting some rest and getting their defense set, getting to the line pays major dividends for the C’s. Pierce is the best and sometimes only man for that job in Boston, but it remains to be seen if he can be more than a hobbled jump shooter with the injury. Keep a close eye on it tonight.

Bradley spoke a bit to The Boston Herald about his shoulder injury this morning. The shooting guard scored just two points in 17 minutes on Tuesday night:

“It feels good,” Bradley said. “It’s just a little sore, but I’ve been fighting through the pain all year so I’ll be ready for the game. I’m going to get hit and there’s a chance it could pop out, but I try not to think about it. I just go out there and just play.”

Game 6 tips off in just over seven hours.

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  • High Rollers

    So the Captain now must take Ray's place as ultimate decoy?

    I hope Doc's been calling KG "20-10" all day already just to get him going, get him ready to be an offensive instigator. Rondo will be after rebounds and 50/50 balls like nobody's business, so shoot away, Big Ticket!

    • High Rollers

      Well, Rondo's game was off, for sure, but KG had enough for everybody.

      Game, set, match.

  • Josh

    KG and Rondo need to carry the load tonite. They need to man up and own this game. Its theirs for the taking.

  • janos

    HI Bryan, is Janos
    You do not have worry, ok. Rondos here for you. Rondos always been here for you.

    TOnight we have party while hawk watch green confetis fall on their ugly heads. I sick this guy owener say garnet dirty player on news report, today. i cannot wait smash them good then crack beer. i invite daughter (NOTboyfriend) over watch game , tv but she say no i am too agitate say, game on playoff time worse.

    • Bluzmannnn

      Your post made me laugh out loud. Go Celtics!

  • Lantrell Walker

    Even more reason to put an end to it tonight, Rondo & KG have gotta put their fingerprints on this one early & I think they'll come out hungry and energetic with a hostile jungle crowd behind them. They don't need anymore motivation, but the Hawk's co-owners comments about KG combined with the stinging loss in Game 5 should have poured even more gas on this already raging fire.


  • Jonathan

    If we get ok production from Rondo, KG and Ray, we can live. But the bench HAS to play big today. That might be the only advantage besides the Big 4 we have over Atlanta. Go C's!