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Pierce (MCL sprain) expected in Game 6

The Boston Celtics clarified the injury status of starters Paul Pierce (sprained left MCL) and Avery Bradley (strained left rotator cuff) Thursday, but noted both players went through shootaround this morning and are expected to play in tonight's Game 6 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Pierce suffered the MCL sprain during a shootaround before Game 4 in Boston and further aggravated it in a collision with Josh Smith that night. He looked hobbled at times in Game 5, but the Celtics clarified the injury status to seemingly eliminate any bad information about a potentially more serious ailment.

Bradley injured his left shoulder in Game 3 and coach Doc Rivers said he had endured multiple dislocations this season. Bradley was a game-time decision in Game 4, but said his shoulder was feeling better before Game 5 and should be fine moving forward so long as there's no reaggravation.

All 15 of Boston's players went through shootaround Thursday and all are expected in their normal roles for Game 6. Boston leads the series 3 games to 2 with a chance to close out the Hawks on its home turf.