Pierce tweaks knee at Sunday practice

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce, still recovering from two procedures last month for a right knee infection, got tangled with Shelden Williams at the end of Sunday's practice session and limped off the court in pain.

Pierce returned with ice on the knee at the end of practice and coach Doc Rivers held out hope that it was nothing serious.

"I hope [he's OK], he got kneed [by Williams] in the exact same spot [as the procedures]," said Rivers. "It's just amazing the luck right now with little things like that. That's why he was so upset. He said, 'Man, it's right on the spot.' It's starting to feel better, so I'm hoping he's fine."

Williams was no worse for wear and didn't think it was that serious.

"We got tangled up, that's it, nothing big," said Williams. "[Pierce] went out on a screen, I showed, we got tangled up in our legs. It hit more of my shin, so I'm not sure if it hit his knee or what."

Pierce missed five games after an infection developed in his knee following a Dec. 22 win over Indiana. He went under the knife the next day to drain the knee, then went back on Christmas day for a second procedure. Pierce returned on Jan. 6 in Miami and talked Saturday about how he's fine with the lofty minutes he's played in recent games.

In the video at the top of this entry, Pierce limps off, then Rivers comments on his status.