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 Riversâ€™ 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.
â€œI know if we were in the middle of a playoff race, it probably wouldnâ€™t have went down like that,'â€™ Pierce said. â€œBut being that we wonâ€™t make the playoffs, being that weâ€™re building something for next year, I think (it was the right time to make a point).'â€™