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Celtics notes: Pierce tweaks ankle

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Celtics notes: Pierce tweaks ankle

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics have battled injuries all season, so it can be no surprise that as Kendrick Perkins returned from one, Paul Pierce left the game with another.

Pierce tweaked his right ankle during Tuesdays win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He left the Celtics bench during the fourth quarter and did not return.

But dont worry, he doesnt expect this to be a major problem.

I just tweaked it a little bit, he said after the game. Thats why I left to the trainers a little early to go and get a little treatment. I dont think it should be anything serious. I should be fine.

Coach Doc Rivers was not overly concerned about the team captain.

I think he thought we were practicing tomorrow. Its called The Veteran Injury, he said. They know how to get hurt late because they think it excuses them from practice the next day. So hes fine.

Pierce led all players with 24 points (8-for-15 from the floor, 6-for-7 from the free-throw line).

It was only four years ago that the Celtics found themselves in the same situation as the Cavaliers -- on the losing end of an 18-game skid, one season before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to Boston.

Back then the Cs didnt let their struggles dictate their efforts, and the Cavs dont plan on doing that either.

It goes in one ear and out the other. Thinking about it or letting it dwell doesnt affect the psyche at all, said Cleveland's Antawn Jamison. Thats something we dont need. The biggest thing for us is to go out there and compete and not worry about whats being said in the news, how many we lost in a row. Weve just got to go out there and compete and have the confidence to go out there and have an opportunity to win every time I go out there on the court.

The Cavaliers have not won since December 18, 2010. They beat the Celtics on October 27 in Cleveland.

The Celtics will begin a four-game road trip on Thursday, starting in Portland against the Trail Blazers. The trips includes stops in Phoenix, Sacramento, and Los Angeles for the first time since losing Game Seven of the NBA Finals to the Lakers in June. They will return to Boston on February 4 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Celtics are 12-7 on the road this season.

Marquis Daniels (family issue) is likely to return to the team for their game against the Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Former Celtic Leon Powe (torn right meniscus) did not travel to Boston with the Cavaliers. He stayed in Cleveland to continue his rehab, and told CSNNE.com he's on track for a February return.

The Celtics (42-for-84 in field-goal attempts) improved to 25-2 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”