Despite Monday's call for concern, it appears that Paul Pierce will be good to go when the Celtics take on Golden State on Wednesday night.
The forward — who sprained his knee in Friday's loss to Atlanta but still played on Saturday against the Pacers — was held out of most of Monday's practice and was supposed to miss Tuesday's session as well, but he participated after insisting he recovered from the injury adequately, according to The Boston Globe.
Pierce worked out on Tuesday without a brace or tape on his leg.
Just for the record, Pierce also told head coach Doc Rivers he'd be fine playing against the Pacers on Saturday, and Rivers complied — a decision he regretted after the game, given how Pierce's knee responded. So taking Pierce's word for it might not be the best decision.
"I got a good response the last couple days of rest," Pierce told the Globe. "I felt good about it and it went smooth. I went the whole practice and I felt really good about it. It was a slight sprain of the knee but I'm a fast healer and I feel good."
Pierce insists that his decision to practice on Tuesday was a wise one.
"I'm a little older so I'm being smarter about things," he said. "If I didn't feel I could go out there I wouldn't have done it, but I felt really good today, my body responded well. Maybe I shouldn't have played because the knee was real tender and I had to play with a big wrap on it and it kind of limited me last Saturday. Sometimes rest is good, especially in a long season. But it might be what I did the last couple days, I rested it."