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Pierce cool to go

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  December 17, 2008 03:01 PM

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Paul Pierce worked out at nearly full speed during the Celtics' shootaround at Georgia Tech this morning. But Pierce did not expect his left knee, which sustained a contusion and bruise in a clash with Utah's Mehmet Okur Monday, to be fully tested until the Celtics' game against Atlanta started. Tip-off was set for 7:10 p.m.

"I wore a knee brace and I'll give it a go," Pierce said while trainer Ed Lacerte wrapped ice bags around the knee. "If we had played yesterday I probably wouldn't have played. I'll ice and, hopefully, play. It's whatever the doctors say -- a little bit of swelling. I'll definitely go.

"I did the normal stuff (in practice), we went through our plays. But you never can tell when it's not game-like speed. When it's game-like speed, we'll see how it feels and go from there."

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