Paul Pierce, Ray Allen among Boston Celtics injured WALTHAM - Paul Pierce plans on playing at 8 tonight when the Celtics open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Sixers at the Garden, but Ray Allen isnand#8217;t so sure. Pierce gutted it through the last two games of the quarterfinals while playing with a sprained MCL in his left knee, and he expects to do the same against the Sixers. Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Other Celtics Doing All They Can to Shake Off Injuries in Playoffs WALTHAM, Mass. -- Paul Pierce was a man of few words when he was asked at practice Friday how his sprained left knee felt. "It feels like I can play [Saturday]," Pierce said. That is essentially what it comes down to as the Celtics prepare for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Pierce is one of a number of key players for Boston ... Paul Pierce, Celtics had leg up despite knee injury BOSTON - Paul Pierce was tired and sore after logging 40 minutes in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last night at TD Garden, but walking off the court with a series-clinching win over the Hawks sure did make him feel better. NBA Playoffs 2012, Celtics Vs. 76ers, Game 1: TV Schedule, Game Time And More Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics continue their pursuit of an 18th championship against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs on Saturday evening. Event: Celtics (3-2) vs. 76ers (3-2) - NBA Playoffs 2012, Second Round, Game 1. Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:00 p.m. EST. Location: TD Garden (Capacity: 18,624), Boston, MA. Broadcast Info: Saturday's game ... Celtics' Rivers 'concerned' about Pierce, Allen Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he was "concerned" about Paul Pierce (knee) and Ray Allen (ankle). Paul Pierce: Expects to Play Thursday Update: Pierce (knee) has a sprained MCL, but participated in the Celtics' morning shootaround and is expected to play Thursday night against Atlanta, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet reports. CELTICS NOTEBOOK: Ray Allen, Paul Pierce deal with injuries Celtics guard Ray Allen has had more problems with his ailing right ankle the past few days wihle forward Paul Pierce is wearing a brace on his left knee, which has a sprained MCL. Paul Pierce Stands Tall on Defense Against Hawks Despite Sprained Knee BOSTON -- The Celtics tried a little bit of everything, and everyone, in defending Joe Johnson in their first-round playoff series against the Hawks. They tried Avery Bradley, Marquis Daniels and Mickael Pietrus, and all three submitted solid performances against the Hawks' most dangerous perimeter scorer. Given an opportunity to close out the series on their home floor, though, the Celtics ... Pierce: 'I Expect To Play' Saturday In Game 1 Celtics captain Paul Pierce is hurting, but he won't let his MCL sprain slow him down as the team gets ready to play the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, beginning Saturday night in Boston. Paul Pierce Has Sprained MCL, Will Play In Game 6 Celtics captain Paul Pierce has an MCL sprain in his knee, but will play for Boston Thursday night when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.
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