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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Truth Returns...

Celtics’ Paul Pierce: I’m in
Rajon Rondo gametime call

WALTHAM - The sight of Paul Pierce [stats] and Rajon Rondo [stats] - both walking through some late-practice plays yesterday with the first unit - was inevitable.

Pierce, recovering from two surgical procedures to drain an infection in his left knee, generally needs a bulldozer to pull him off the floor. Rondo, suffering from a strained left hamstring, comes from the same stubborn school.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Pierce is counting himself in for tonight’s game against the Heat in Miami. If his plan takes form, it will be Pierce’s first game after missing the past five. The Celtics [team stats] are 2-3 without him.

Rondo, according to coach Doc Rivers, is less certain and likely will be a gametime decision.

“Paul looked good,” Rivers said. “Rondo you couldn’t tell because he didn’t do too much. I think he’ll go, but I wouldn’t write that down in pen for sure. Paul probably will go . . . so just getting one of those guys back, I would be very happy.

“I’m more worried about our timing. I’m not worried about Paul as far as health. (Trainer Ed Lacerte) and the doctors know best, and they wouldn’t let him go out there if he wasn’t right. I’m more concerned that him and Rondo haven’t practiced in five days - Paul even longer - and then go play a team that played pretty well (Monday) night. But they have to be out on the floor at some point, and if they both can play, they’re going to play.

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