Celtics captain Paul Pierce will perform against the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night, then travel to Dallas for NBA All-Star Game activities.
"It's getting better, it's still a little sore," Pierce said of his left foot sprain. "I'm hoping over the break, with some time off, I can continue the process of getting better. Definitely, the weekend is going to help. I plan on playing tonight and plan on being in the All-Star game, plan on being in everything."
Pierce will also be involved in the 3-point contest.
"I have been practicing, I feel pretty good about it, I like my chances," Pierce said after the Celtics completed a late-morning shootaround. "I don't see a lot of wear and tear if I participate in the weekend activitites, play about 10-12 minutes in the All-Star game. The 3-point contest, I don't really see too much wear and tear, I don't look at it as something that is going to hinder me."
Pierce has been practicing 3-pointers with a ball rack but without a shot clock.
"I couldn't time myself because we don't have five racks," Pierce said. "Just pulling the ball off the rack, that motion, getting the shots up."
Pierce's other key to preparation?
"Get some rest," he said.