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Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce out Tuesday against Heat

Paul Pierce

Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce sits with fans as his teammates warm up at an NBA basketball practice prior to a scrimmage in Boston, Friday Dec. 16, 2011. Pierce did not participate in the practice or scrimmage. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Beating the Miami Heat is a challenge anyway, but Boston is going to have to do it without Paul Pierce on Tuesday night.

Doc Rivers confirmed that, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at

That means Sasha Pavlovic gets the start and Marquis Daniels will get a lot of run. Pavlovic talked about getting to guard LeBron James.

“I just have to be as much as aggressive as I can be, make it as hard as I can for him to score the basket,” Pavlovic told “Obviously, (LeBron and Dwyane Wade are) both great scorers. It’s not like I’m going to stop them from scoring, but I have to make it tough for them.”

The Celtics missed Pierce on Christmas Day in a loss to the Knicks, they missed his shot creation and ability to drain the midrange jumper. They will miss his maturity against the Heat — Miami wants to run and Boston will want to control the tempo. Pierce is very good at that.

The Celtics play Wednesday in New Orleans, no word yet on if he will go for that game.