Celts without Pierce against Heat

Updated: February 3, 2010, 10:37 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Paul Pierce missed the Boston Celtics' game against Miami on Wednesday night because of a left foot injury.

Paul Pierce

Pierce

And coach Doc Rivers said he might also sit out Friday's visit from the New Jersey Nets.

"He'll be day to day," Rivers said. "I don't think he'll play Friday, but after that, we'll see."

Rivers reaffirmed that the injury is nothing more than a mid-foot strain and that Pierce will be evaluated in the coming days to see when exactly he can return to the court. Appearing on Boston sports radio station WEEI (850 AM), Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge noted that if it were the playoffs, Pierce could likely give it a go, but that the team will instead proceed with caution.

Pierce was not spotted in the locker room before the game, but Rivers said he was unaware if Pierce is wearing any special brace. Rivers said he thought Pierce would receive basic treatments, including ice to prevent swelling.

Pierce's foot was trapped under a falling Caron Butler while both were going for a loose ball in the Celtics' game against the Wizards on Tuesday.

Rivers did admit he breathed a sigh of relief when the diagnosis came down Tuesday night.

"I did worry about it when he did it -- it looked awful," Rivers said. "Just watching him walk around the locker room, even at halftime, I didn't think it was severe. He did play in the second half a bit, but then after the game he said it bothered him.

"This stuff happens in the league. You do [hold your breath] every time a guy goes down, especially that way, when you see his foot trapped under another guy. When we got the report back, I breathed a sigh of relief, no doubt."

Pierce is Boston's leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points.

Butler missed the Wizards' game against the Knicks on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee suffered in the same collision that injured Pierce.

The Wizards said Butler was day to day as well.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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