UPDATE from the Celtics - The Captain is officially listed as day-to-day.
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Paul Pierce suffered a strained left mid-foot during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards on February 1. He is currently listed as day-to-day.
Pierce, a 6'7" forward, has played in 41 games this season for the Celtics and is averaging a team-high 18.9 points. He is currently shooting a career-high 46.7% from three-point land and is ranked third in the NBA. The Kansas product netted a season-high 35 points against the Hawks on January 29.
"We were concerned after watching the injury and seeing the soreness on Paul's foot this morning and what it looked like on TV," Ainge told the Globe on Tuesday night. "I was worried, so I was very relieved to hear it was a sprained mid foot and that he'll be back soon."
Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon did not recieve Pierce's medical results until this evening and Pierce was examined again by the team's medical staff before the diagnosis was made. Ainge said the results are final.
"We feel comfortable with it and we are relieved," he said. "When he's ready to play, he will play. I don't know when that is."
Prior updates after the jump.
Already reeling from a spate of injuries to key players, the Boston Celtics may have lost All-Star forward Paul Pierce for a significant period of time to a broken left foot, according to a league source.
The team does not know for sure if Pierce's foot is broken after X-rays taken Tuesday; more tests are scheduled. But it "looks that way," the league source said.
The Celtics are hopeful that even if the foot is broken that Pierce won't be out of the lineup for long. But they are not yet certain of that.
Clearly, this potential loss speaks for itself. Remember, the results have not yet been revealed, but we'll keep you updated as more information is released.
However, according to CSNNE.com, Shelden Williams tweeted something questionable earlier:
However, Shelden Williams might have let the cat out of the bag.
On his twitter account, Williams writes, "Man when it rains it pours!!! Yall find out what I mean soon!!!!"
Is this related to Pierce's injury? We'll have to wait and see. Again, the results of the x-rays have not yet been revealed.
Update from Rich Levine's Twitter:
Ainge tells Gary Tanguay: "We just don't know. We basically don't know the extent of the injury. The doctors don't have all the information to make the decision. We expect to make an announcement tomorrow."
Many rumors will be reported in the next 12 hours, but the Celtics are not expected to make an official announcement until tomorrow. So, whether the rumors that turn up tonight are positive or negative, nothing will be official until the Celtics make their statement tomorrow. Keep that in mind as the rumors fly in.