MIAMI — Paul Pierce was working out on the American Airlines Arena court during the Celtics’ shootaround, looking more mobile than in previous days. That means little to Celtics coach Doc Rivers who said although Pierce (pictured right at shootaround) was close, he likely will not play tonight against the Miami Heat.
Rivers initially said Pierce was out but then changed his status to doubtful.
“He worked out yesterday, it went pretty well,” Rivers said. “He didn’t get as sore, so that’s a good sign. He’s not gonna play tonight, I doubt it at least.”
Rivers said he won’t automatically call Pierce out for Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Hornets. Sasha Pavlovic, who did not attempt a shot in 15 minutes in the opener against the New York Knicks, will start in place of Pierce again.
*Mickael Pietrus is not with the team and likely will join the Celtics Friday against Detroit. Rivers said he could be available to play in about 10 days but he passed his physical and his surgically repaired right knee just needs more strength.
*Rivers said he has no issue with Kevin Garnett being an enforcer and won’t try to change his habits. The coach said that no one noticed the Knicks’ Bill Walker (whom Rivers referred to as “the other guy”) actually touched Garnett first before Garnett responded with a shove near the neck area.
“(The video) only shows Kevin’s reaction, so no I didn’t think he would (get suspended),” Rivers said. “I was amused by the attack on Kevin and nobody notices the other guy hits him on the shoulder. That’s what made him turn around. (Kevin’s) an instigator. I don’t mind. He is who he is.”
*Rivers said as poorly he thought his team played defensively during the Knicks game, he was pleased with scoring 104 points and shooting 51 percent.