Paul Pierce walked onto the parquet floor at the Garden tonight at 5:30 p.m. to warm up. Dressed in his black practice shorts (not his game shorts), Pierce shook his head when asked if he was playing tonight but did not answer the question directly. Take that for what it’s worth.
Celtics rookie Leon Powe told a group of fans Pierce would play as he walked onto the court. Again, take that for what it’s worth.
Pierce shot around the world from just inside the three-point arc. He stopped shooting at 5:47 p.m.
Nets coach Lawrence Frank said he told his players to prepare as if Pierce were going to be in the lineup.
Pierce is scheduled to meet with the media at 6:10 p.m. in the Celtics locker room. We’ll have a definitive answer for you then.