The Boston Celtics were dealt a serious blow this week, when it was announced that Paul Pierce is out indefinitely with an injured thumb.
To rub salt in the wound, Pierce is also reportedly suffering from the flu. Coach Doc Rivers wouldn’t comment on when he thought Pierce would return, but told ESPN that if [Pierce] needs an extended break, the Celtics are fully prepared for that. After all, they’ve dealt with injuries all season long.
Luckily, the Celtics have plenty of other talented players on their roster to pick up the slack. They went 3-1 over the past four games without Pierce. And with Ray Allen still on the team for the duration of the season, and Kevin Garnett back to full strength, you can expect the Celtics to make a serious playoff run.
I fully expect Pierce to be back for the playoffs, injured thumb or not. “Indefinitely” in NBA superstar terms really means, “a hot minute.”
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