Paul Pierce injury: Celtics' star turned ankle, will sit vs. Timberwolves

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Celtics star Paul Pierce will probably sit against the Timberwolves on Monday due to a turned ankle suffered in Sunday's loss to the Knicks.

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce will likely sit out Monday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a turned ankle, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.

More on Pierce: CelticsBlog

Pierce turned the ankle in the first quarter of the Celtics' ugly 108-89 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Pierce stayed in the game, notching 24 points and a season-high 15 rebounds before leaving the blowout for good in the fourth quarter.

The injury does not appear to be a serious one, as Pierce said afterward that it was just "a little sore" and that it should not be much of a problem. Still, Rivers wants to make sure his star rests up and does not make the injury any worse, especially with all the issues the Celtics have had this season. Boston is already without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the rest of the year, and both Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee have been nursing injuries of late.

With the postseason rapidly approaching and the Celtics firmly in, resting Pierce on the second of a back-to-back a day after suffering the injury certainly seems like the right play.

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