Shocking nobody, the team has shut down Pierce.Â Souza reports:
Rivers said he met with Pierce and Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge shortly before his pregame meeting with the media and it was determined that Pierce was probably done.
â€œI think weâ€™re going to shut Paul down the rest of the year,â€ he said.
Rivers said the fact that there will be no more practices before next Wednesdayâ€™s finale was a contributing factor along with Pierceâ€™s season-long battles with various injuries.
â€œIf he twisted my arm and really wanted to play, then weâ€™d see,â€ Rivers allowed.
Pierce declined a media request to talk before the game.