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Pierce Backs Doc

ouchyBulpett reports:

Paul Pierce was back practicing today, though he still felt some twinges with four or five cuts in his mouth and a bruised right eye. The captain offered fairly strong support for Doc Rivers’ decision to keep the subs in the game Wednesday, even though the failure to play Pierce (and put other starters back earlier) likely cost the Celtics a win over Charlotte.

“I know if we were in the middle of a playoff race, it probably wouldn’t have went down like that,'’ Pierce said. “But being that we won’t make the playoffs, being that we’re building something for next year, I think (it was the right time to make a point).'’