Celtics captain Paul Pierce has recovered from a left mid-foot sprain and plans to play against the Orlando Magic Sunday.
“I feel pretty good, light practice, I’m good to go tomorrow,” Pierce said. “It’s a lot better than it was yesterday, so it’s improving, not quite 100 percent, but it’s good enough for me to play on. It’s a matter of healing, it’s a little sprain, mid-foot. It really hurt, last couple days, but I’ve been getting necessary treatment and it’s getting better every day. I feel like I could have went last game but I’m really ready to go.”
But coach Doc Rivers would not commit to having Pierce in the starting lineup after the team went through an hour-long practice Saturday afternoon.
“I thought he looked good until we ran a couple live plays, then he was a little hesitant,” Rivers said of Pierce. “And if he’s hesitant, then I will probably sit him. We’ll see tomorrow.”
The status of both Marquis Daniels (left thumb surgery) and Pierce will be determined before the 2:30 p.m. tipoff.
“Marquis looked pretty good, actually, besides not knowing any of our stuff,” Rivers said. “Paul, I’m more concerned — if he’s hesitant at all, we’ll pass on the game with him tomorrow. I would say 50-50 with both of them.”