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Update: Pierce's injury appears serious

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 2, 2010 05:39 PM

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe on Tuesday night that they have no conclusive results of an X-ray and MRI on the left foot of forward Paul Pierce.

The team is expected to release a statement Wednesday.

Ainge said Pierce's test results didn't get submitted to team physician Dr. Brian McKeon until approximately 5:45 p.m. and the doctor has yet to examine the results or meet with Pierce.

"We are still waiting to figure (the tests) out," he told the Globe. "I just got hold of Dr. McKeon. He has been in surgery (with another patient) all day, so we just got the results to him about an hour ago (5:45 p.m.) and he will consult with other doctors about the results."

Pierce left Monday's 99-88 win over Washington with 2:01 left in the first period but returned to play 18 more minutes over the second and third quarters. He had an ice pack on his foot following the game and said Monday he thought it was a mid-foot sprain. Celtics forward Shelden Williams started the speculation that the injury could be serious by leaving the message: "Man when it rains it pours!!! Yall will find out what I mean soon!!!!" on his Twitter page at approximately 3:20 p.m. It's uncertain whether he was referring to Pierce's injury.

“The reports are way premature,” Ainge said. “I know all of this was started because of some Twitter post from Shelden and people are worried but we don’t know anything yet. I don’t know where (being broken) came from. I don’t have the information on what’s wrong with Paul’s foot yet.”

A team source confirmed a similar outlook to the Globe's Tony Massarotti, saying the team would know more tomorrow morning and that tests were inconclusive.

Pierce, 32, is averaging 18.9 points this season and was named to his eighth All-Star team in January. If he is out for any extended period of time, Ainge would likely be in scramble mode to acquire a scorer or help off the bench.

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