Pierce limited in practice due to knee sprain

According to the Celtics, captain Paul Pierce engaged in limited participation in Monday's practice at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint and is expected to do the same Tuesday. His status for Wednesday's game against Golden State remains uncertain.

Pierce suffered what he termed a "light sprain" in his left knee in Friday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Saying he felt great, Pierce convinced Celtics coach Doc Rivers to let him start Saturday's game against the Pacers in Indianapolis, but struggled at both ends of the court as the Celtics fell for the second straight night.

After the game, Pierce took the blame for hindering his team due to limited mobility with the knee.

"I was able to make it through the game, but I obviously hurt us tonight," said Pierce. "Especially in the defensive end. I was a step slow pretty much all night. It really hurt us and I take the blame."

Pierce indicated Saturday that he would likely rest the knee in advance of Wednesday's game. Rivers told reporters Monday that Pierce talked him into letting him play on Saturday and that he would force Pierce to rest during practice on both Monday and Tuesday.