Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins Return to Court for Celtics


Mar 31, 2010

Paul Pierce, Kendrick Perkins Return to Court for Celtics BOSTON — The Celtics walked into the TD Garden on Wednesday evening with a couple of questions still unanswered about the health of their starting five. But there are no worries now — the answers to those questions are on the Garden floor warming up.

Paul Pierce, who has suffered two shoulder stingers in the past three days, has been cleared to return to action Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Kendrick Perkins, who missed two games with tendinitis in his left knee, will also return.

With Pierce, it was a simple matter of having him checked out by the Celtics medical staff, namely head trainer Ed Lacerte and team physician Brian McKeon.

“Eddie just came to me,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Called me in the morning, actually, and he said, ‘Paul’s ready.’ I think Dr. McKeon looked at him, too, and gave him the go-ahead. So that’s good.”

Perkins, who had been dogged by knee pain for close to two months, finally took the advice of Rivers and the training staff last week and sat out two games, Friday against Sacramento and Sunday against the Spurs.

His return will bring the starting five back to full strength and will move Rasheed Wallace back to sixth-man status on the Celtics depth chart.

“It means our bench will be better,” Rivers said. “Now Rasheed goes back to the bench and gives us a post player. And it’s just good to have [Perkins] back. Our starting lineup’s record is pretty good when they’re all intact, so we like it when we have him.”

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