|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.