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Pierce: I'm 'day-to-day' with Achilles strain

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Pierce: I'm 'day-to-day' with Achilles strain

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

MIAMI Paul Pierce catches some flak -- okay, a lot of flak - for exaggerating the extent of his injuries.

We have seen him go down like a ton of bricks, only to rise to his feet moments later as if nothing happened.

So even after Pierce informed the world that he's "day-to-day" after suffering what was initially thought to be a left foot strain, there's little reason to believe that his current ailment will in any way keep him off the floor for Boston's Game 3 matchup against the Heat at the Garden on Saturday.

About midway through the first quarter, Pierce suffered what was initially thought to be a foot strain. But after the game, Pierce said that he actually has a strained Achilles tendon.

"I'll see how I feel the next couple of days," Pierce said.

The Celtics can always benefit from having the captain around.

But now, more than ever, the C's need all hands on deck if they are to find a way out of the 2-0 series deficit that they're facing.

"They the Heati held their serve at home," Pierce said. "They did their job. Now we have to do ours."

Miami was especially effective in the way its Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh outplayed their Celtics counterparts.

For the game, the Heat's Big Three outscored Boston's triumvirate of talent, 80-49.

And one of the keys to reversing that trend will be to get more out of Pierce, who hopes his Achilles tendon will not be an issue moving forward.

"When you strain your Achilles, every step is a slight pain in there," said Pierce, who had 13 points and 5 rebounds. "It loosened up when I got back in there. It really didn't affect me the rest of the game."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for his inappropriate language with a fan

BOSTON – As expected, the NBA has fined Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” toward a fan at the Friday night game in Philadelphia.
 
The incident occurred at halftime as Irving and his teammates were heading to the locker room, trailing by four. Boston went on to win 102-92 for their first victory of the season.
 
A fan yelled, “Hey, where’s LeBron?” to which Irving replied with a lewd suggestion to the yeller.
 
The Celtics practiced on Saturday with Irving addressing the incident.

When asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving replied, “Hell no. 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 social media platform we live on.
 
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
 
When asked about the incident on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not seen the video but was aware of it.
 
“People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on,” Stevens said. “There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”

It was the second such fine levied by the league in as many days. 

New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 for "inappropriate language" toward a fan when the Pelicans lost 103-91 at Memphis on Wednesday. 
 

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.”