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Pierce says he’s just going to have to play through neck pain

Feb 28, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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Paul Pierce has a pinched nerve in his neck. So yes, that hurts.

The hope is that the Celtics mini-vacation from the schedule makers — after their Monday win over Utah the only other game for a week is Friday against the Warriors (Avery Bradley on Stephen Curry should be fun) — would help Pierce’s pain go away some. Rest this late in the season is a good thing for older players.

But the pain in Pierce’s neck isn’t going anywhere, he told Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.

Pierce has been playing through it all season and has averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game. His efficiency has slipped a little, but he is still a cornerstone player.

Playing through this is not ideal, but with Rajon Rondo out for the season the Celtics can’t afford to be without Pierce — they need his shot creation. The Celtics ball movement has been better by necessity since Rondo got injured. However, there are just moments in a game — particularly late in a game — where you just need a guy who can get his own shot, or draw the double and get it for someone else.

Pierce is that guy for Boston.

Hopefully an off-season of treatment will have him ready to go with Rondo for one more run at the thing next year.

  1. 34thetruth34 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    pinched nerve or not Pierce is goin all out

  2. timb12 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I love the Celtics. Every year they can make another run. Last year was supposed to be their last year. This year was, and now next year is. It’s fantastic.

  3. GT - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Pierce is one tough athlete. Foul him, stab him multiple times, he just keeps going. A lot of young players could learn a lot from the Truth and how professional he is on and off the court.

  4. e39er - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    ^ are you serious? You forgot about the whole wheelchair incident right?

    • andyhr17 - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      So he thought he seriously hurt himself and was taken off the court….and very shortly after came back to the court and kept playing. What is wrong with being cautious if you think you seriously injured his knee?

  5. doublezero74 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Pierce’s 34 will hang in the rafters with 33, 6, 00 and the rest for eternity.

  6. 34thetruth34 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    I love the way some of u so called basketball fans still bring up the wheelchair….I bet u wudnt be talkin smack if he checked back into the game n stunk it up….but becuz he lit it up it caused a backlash…come on people think before u speak

  7. nanamarilyn - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Will playing with a pinched nerve have long term negative repercussions for Pierce? Can physical therapy manipulate his neck or something? I’ve had a pinched nerve in my neck BRIEFLY and can’t see how anyone can do anything with one…much LESS what Paul does..he is simply AMAZING !!

    • celticsgirl2001 - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Physical Therapy and Chiropractic treatments can help with a pinched nerve. I am a PTA who works with a Chiropractor and with stretching and neck exercises and traction or spinal decompression he can relieve the pressure on the nerve. I have to agree with you, Pierce is definitely AMAZING! ! !

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