NBA Roundtable

Paul Pierce Broken Foot? (false alarm)

In General NBA on February 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

David Aldridge reports

Already reeling from a spate of injuries to key players, the Boston Celtics may have lost All-Star forward Paul Pierce for a significant period of time to a broken left foot, according to a league source.

The team does not know for sure if Pierce’s foot is broken after X-rays taken Tuesday; more tests are scheduled. But it “looks that way,” the league source said.

The Celtics are hopeful that even if the foot is broken that Pierce won’t be out of the lineup for long. But they are not yet certain of that.

Pierce suffered the injury in the first half of Boston’s 99-88 victory over Washington Monday night when he got tangled up with the Wizards’ Caron Butler going for a loose ball. He said after the game that he thought he sprained the ankle but didn’t believe the injury was serious.

We’ll wait for confirmation … this could be disastrous for Boston.

Edit: Some mixed reports. A Shelden Williams tweet “when it rains, it pours”. Others saying Pierce may have a foot injury but it’s not that serious. Others saying that the doctors findings were inconclusive and that they need to do more tests. Still no confirmation. Also, reports of Pierce having additional tests after the x-rays.

Update: A. Sherrod Blakely reports that Ainge + the Celtics still do not know the extent of Pierce’s injury.

But Danny Ainge says the team doesn’t yet know the extent of the foot injury, which Pierce suffered in Monday night’s game at Washington.

“We just don’t know,” the Celts’ general manager told Comcast SportsNet’s Gary Tanguay. “We basically don’t know the extent of the injury. The doctors don’t have all the information to make the decision.

“We expect to make an announcement tomorrow.”

Pierce was scheduled to have X-rays taken of his left foot–the one he injured in the first quarter of Monday night’s win at Washington — on Tuesday.

Williams started the speculation when he Tweeted: Man when it rains it pours!!! Yall find out what I mean soon!!!!”

However, the fact that the 32-year-old Pierce is having additional tests beyond X-rays means in all likelihood, there are no broken bones.

X-rays generally determine whether bones are broken or have some type of fracture.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging tests, better known as MRIs, give a better indication as to whether there’s ligament or soft tissue damage.

Update: The Celtics press release

The Boston Celtics announced Tuesday that forward Paul Pierce suffered a strained left mid-foot during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards on February 1.He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Great news for Boston!

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