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Great news, courtesy of the Globe :

Celtics forward Paul Pierce walked gingerly into the media room this afternoon to answer questions about the right knee sprain he suffered in the third quarter of last night's Game 1 victory over the Lakers. His knee was heavily wrapped, and he walked up the podium stairs with a visible limp.

"I can walk on it, I can bend it, but there’s a little sharp pain on the inside of my knee," said Pierce. "There’s a little pain in there right now so I’m going to keep it wrapped, iced."

Pierce said he would be receiving treatment 2-3 times a day, and the team will continue to evaluate how the knee responds.

... "I think there's a great chance I'll play on Sunday," he said. "Just knowing myself, knowing my threshold for pain. Great chance I will be playing on Sunday."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Pierce definitely wouldn't be able to practice today, but said it won't be a problem. ...

"Obviously it's nice not playing until Sunday," said Rivers. "That gives [Pierce and Kendrick Perkins] time to heal. I expect both of them to play, honestly. I just don't know how much they can give us yet."

Read the rest of the article for more, including some typically classless comments from Phil Jackson.