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Pierce sits out pratice, and Green earns starting role

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Pierce tweaked is ankle sits out Thursday's practice

Pierce was expected to sit out Thursday's practice after tweaking his already sore right ankle in Wednesday's win. Pierce initially turned the ankle in Sunday's loss to the New York Knicks.

"I'll probably take the day off. I'm a little sore from yesterday," Pierce said. "I tweaked the ankle, so I'll probably rest up today."

Pierce's status for Friday's game against the Cavaliers is uncertain. He said if the Celtics were playing on Thursday, he most likely wouldn't be in the lineup.

"We'll see how it feels," Pierce said. "If we played (Thursday) I probably wouldn't be able to go unless it was a playoff game. But the key right now is for us to all get healthy going into the playoffs."

Green earning starting role when KG returns

Jeff Green has started in the seven games Garnett has missed due to his ankle injury, but Rivers won't relegate Green back to a bench role upon Garnett's return. Expect to see a bigger starting lineup moving forward, with Green and Pierce swapping time at the two-guard spot.

Rivers said he's finally seeing the production out of Green that he's been expecting all season, and that he's earned the starting job.

"I was hoping (to start Green consistently at some point)," Rivers said. "That was my intention. We weren’t going to give it to him, he had to be more consistent to do that. Starters have to be consistent. Bench players are the inconsistent guys that go up and down. Jeff has earned that. And I’m really happy because he makes everyone better."

Over his last seven games, Green has averaged 21.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 53.3 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point line.

Not good that Paul keeps hurting the ankle. With Jeff Green becoming a super player as of late. Let him learn to take a leadership role, and let Paul have a few games off, or at least this Friday's game against Cleveland. As for Green, it's about time, and the stats back up Doc's choice.

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Reply paul
10:02 PM on April 4, 2013 
No doubt Green has earned it at this point.
Reply rcraig617
2:04 AM on April 5, 2013 
As long as paul isn't playing on a bum knee like he did last playoffs. I believe that was why paul was a factor some games and others just chucked up shots we will need him and ticket as close to full strength as possible that they can get at this point in the season because you won't get to 100% but as close as possible is fine with me.
Reply Birdman33
2:59 AM on April 5, 2013 
One good thing about Pierce lately? He's not playing hero ball right now. He still gets a little carless witht the ball though.
Reply paul
4:40 AM on April 5, 2013 
These guys will surprise people in the playoffs.