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Paul Pierce suffers knee bruise, game-time decision against Suns

Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 10: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics complains to the ref while playing against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 10, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul Pierce

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At some point in the third quarter of Boston’s win in Portland Thursday, Paul Pierce hurt his knee.

It’s not that serious — he played seven minutes of the fourth quarter after the injury — and he thinks it’s just a bruise, but if there is swelling Pierce could miss the Celtics game against the Suns Friday night. You can bet that short of leg amputation he will be ready to go Sunday against the Lakers.

His quotes to the Boston Globe make it sound like Celtics fans should not be worried.

“It just felt a little sore there in the fourth,” Pierce said. “I think it’s just a knee bruise. It just sort of wore on me as the game went on. It’s just stuff that happens throughout the course of a game – banging knees, turning ankles. That’s all it was.”

“Hopefully it doesn’t swell up too much,” Pierce said. “It swelled up a little bit, but not too bad. Hopefully, it’ll be all right for tomorrow.”

For the record, the Celtics are officially calling this a thigh injury. But if the guy with the injury says knee, we’ll go with knee.