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Pierce In Pain

Marc Spears reports:

Paul Pierce is the latest Celtic to cause concern because of an injury.

Pierce, who averages a team-best 21.5 points per game, was a game-time decision last night because of a back strain, and scored the winning hoop in Boston's 92-91 decision over the Heat.

The five-time All-Star was injured in Wednesday's win over New Jersey, and didn't participate in yesterday's shootaround. Pierce, however, gutted it out for 30 minutes but struggled offensively, making 5 of 12 shots for 12 points and committing four turnovers.

"I didn't even know if I was going to play tonight," Pierce said. "But it's getting a little better and I decided to give it a go."

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