The injury bug is quickly becoming my least favorite insect in the entire world, even more so than this awful thing, and it continues to latch itself onto the Celtics’ best players. Apparently Paul Pierce’s neck injury is due to nerve damage that won’t be dealt with until the offseason.
From ESPN Boston:
Pierce admitted earlier this month that he played through a pinched nerve in his neck, but it hasn’t completely dissipated. Pierce had to be removed from a game in Phoenix last week while battling a stinger early in the second half.
“I probably won’t be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do,” Pierce said. “I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back, part of my neck. It’s something that I’ve been playing through over the last several months. I’m about as healthy as I’m probably going to be in the regular season right now.” [...]
“Sometimes you get a sharp pain and sometimes I’ve had a stinger go through the same points in my neck where the pain is happening. It’s happened a lot more than normally, whether it be in practice or in a game, but it’s something I’ll deal with after the season.”
The injury doesn’t really seem to be affecting his game, except when it takes him out completely like it did against Phoenix. There doesn’t seem to be any word on how the injury could be aggravated by extended minutes, but now more than ever it’s vital that Jeff Green is able to contribute at small forward. Boston will need Pierce healthy for the playoffs, and if giving him some rest is what it takes, the Celtics need Green to be able to oblige effectively.
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