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Paul Pierce Will Not Play For Celtics In Opener Against Knicks On Christmas Day

The Boston Celtics will be without Paul Pierce when they open up against the New York Knicks on Sunday. Pierce has been suffering from a heel injury.

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Paul Pierce Injury Update: Celtics' Forward Will Not Play Vs. Knicks

The Boston Celtics will open the 2011-12 NBA season against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day, and they'll have to do it without Paul Pierce. The star forward announced that he will not play in the game due to a heel injury suffered during the preseason.

Pierce had not played at all during the preseason due to the injury. He had been listed as doubtful to play earlier in the week, but he traveled with the team to New York, raising optimism that he might be able to go. However, it appears that the injury was too much to push for the first game in a truncated season. Pierce told reporters that the injury is a day-to-day thing.

With Pierce sidelined, Sasha Pavlovic will likely start at small forward. The Celtics just signed Mickael Pietrus on Saturday, but he won't be ready in time to play on Sunday.

For more on the Christmas Day NBA season-opening slate, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting and SB Nation New York. For more on the Celtics, visit Celtics Blog and SB Nation Boston.

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Paul Pierce Injury Update: Celtics' Forward A Game-Time Decision Vs. Knicks, According To Report

We probably won't get to see much of Paul Pierce against the New York Knicks during the first game of the NBA's Christmas tip-off marathon, but his prognosis has been upgraded ever so slightly. The Boston Celtics' small forward is now being called a game-time decision and we may not know if he's going to be in uniform until just before tip-off.

Pierce was previously being called doubtful with a heel injury and was not expected to play. No matter what, he's not going to play extended minutes, but it's good that he's at least gotten to the point where he's going to be evaluated at the arena. With Jeff Green out for the season with an injury, Sasha Pavlovic is Pierce's primary replacement, while Marquis Daniels will also see increased minutes of Pierce is not able to play. It's not exactly an insult to either man to point out that they are both a large downgrade from Pierce.

For more on the Celtics, visit Celtics Blog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Knicks, check out Posting And Toasting and SB Nation New York.

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Paul Pierce Injury: Boston Captain Doubtful For Celtics-Knicks Game On Christmas

Paul Pierce is doubtful for the Boston Celtics' game against the New York Knicks on Christmas Day, according to head coach Doc Rivers. Pierce has been dealing with a heel injury throughout the preseason. Rivers said that he does not expect the veteran forward to play in the team's season opener.

"I think [Saturday], we'll know better," Rivers said. "Paul may wake up and say, 'Coach, I wanna go.' I can tell you this, it's very unlikely he'll start if he plays. I don't think that'll happen. If he does play, he'll play 15 to 20 minutes but right now, I don't see him playing."

Rivers added that Sasha Pavlovic would likely start in place of Pierce, as he did Wednesday day in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. Marquis Daniels should also see minutes.

For more on Pierce and the Celtics, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Celtics Blog. For more on the Knicks, check out Posting And Toasting.

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Paul Pierce Injury Could Keep Boston Celtics' Star Out Of Season Opener Vs. New York Knicks

The Boston Celtics could be without Paul Pierce when they open up against the New York Knicks on Sunday. Pierce has been suffering from a heel injury.

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