Celtics Back at Full Power With Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels Returning


Feb 7, 2010

For the first time in the 2009-10 season, the Boston Celtics are at full power.

Paul Pierce is returning to the starting lineup for Sunday's matinee against the Orlando Magic, and Marquis Daniels is back after a layoff of almost two months as he recovered from thumb surgery.

Pierce, who suffered a left mid-foot sprain last Monday at Washington, sat for the first two games of the Celtics' three-game homestand but declared himself "good to go" after Saturday's practice.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Saturday that he would wait and see on Pierce but confirmed before the Orlando game that the captain is back and that Daniels will be in uniform for the first time since Dec. 4, giving Boston its first healthy roster of the season.

Daniels left the lineup three weeks before Glen Davis returned from a right thumb injury suffered during the preseason.

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