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Bell: Many variables will determine Pierce's fate

Updated: June 6, 2008, 12:52 PM ET
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com

An audible pop and a buckling of the knee. Paul Pierce's evident pain as he lay on the floor holding his leg in close as if to protect it. Teammates carrying their fallen captain from the floor to his hallway chariot, er, wheelchair. The look of agony on his face as Pierce was wheeled out of sight to be examined.

Any athlete who has suffered a major knee injury knows that a pop, a giving-way sensation, significant pain and an unwillingness or inability to bear weight are all familiar ...

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