Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked about Paul Piece’s comments this morning in a story by the Herald’s Steve Bulpett. Pierce told Bulpett he would talk to the team’s medical staff before making a decision on shutting down the rest of the season.
Rivers said he was uncomfortable with Pierce constantly being asked if he would stop playing.
“That’s the question unfortunately that everyone gets when you’re on a team that’s not going to make the playoffs,” said Rivers. “But as far as I’m concerned you play. If you’re healthy you play.”
“The point I’ve always made is, why not ask everyone? Why is it just him? Why not ask Gerald, ‘Do you want to play the rest of the year?’ The fans bought tickets before the season started expecting everyone to play, and if you’re healthy I think you should play.”
Rivers was then asked if Pierce truly was healthy.
“If he’s not healthy we won’t play him obviously,” said Rivers. “His foot is fine. We have to get this elbow taken care of. It keeps flaring up. That’s been a year long thing. “
“We’re a little cautious as far as playing him,” said Rivers. “I literally haven’t seen him in a week, let alone has he practiced. So I’m going to play him a little bit. I’m just going to watch him, and if he’s moving OK I’ll keep playing him. If not, I’ll just sit him and give him a good practice tomorrow and play him more the next game. I just don’t think we need to risk that.”
“Everybody, it’s on Greg, you’re all invited tomorrow to Abe & Louis,” joked Rivers. “You didn’t say the amount I could bring. So everyone’s invited.”