Pierce departs with left foot strain

MIAMI -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce left Tuesday's Game 2 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat due to a left foot strain. The team said he is expected to return.

Pierce appeared hobbled midway through the first quarter and the Celtics called timeout with 5:05 to play in the frame to get him off the court. Pierce immediately went to the locker room with trainer Ed Lacerte, where he iced the strain.

Pierce missed the final seven minutes of Sunday's Game 1 loss after being ejected for earning two technical fouls in a 59-second span.

(Update: Pierce returned to the floor with 7:41 to play in the second quarter).