Pierce: ‘I’ve had worse injuries’


Paul Pierce’s status has not been determined for the Celtics-New Jersey Nets game Friday night. But Pierce said if the Celtics were in the playoffs, he would be playing.

“I can walk on it, it’s just a basic mid-foot sprain,” Pierce said of the injury he sustained Monday in Washington. “It’s not end of the world. I’ve had worse injuries, I didn’t have to go into a boot, I’m still walking around, and it’s just about the pain going away.

“It’s a sprain but it’s not the worst sprain that I’ve ever had. I know my body better than these doctors, to tell you the truth. Like I told you after the game on Monday I thought it was a sprain in the foot. You know the doctors are going to do what’s necessary — tests they have to do. But I told them all along what it was, and at the end of the day, that’s what it came out to be.

“I don’t know how it got started that I had a broken foot, or anything, but I guess it was good drama for half a day.”

Pierce also said he will be setting up practice sessions in an attempt to win the 3-point contest at the NBA All-Star weekend in Dallas. Pierce has been chosen to play for the Eastern Conference team, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

“I didn’t practice for it,” Pierce said of his previous experience in the 3-point contest. “I think I was probably out all night the night before, too. My younger days, you know, I probably didn’t get no sleep that weekend — it was one of my first All-Star games, I plan on getting some rest, I plan on practicing for it, and I plan on going out and winning it. I’m focusing on me winning it this year.”

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