Three key Celtics beat up but OK

MIAMI -- Three Boston Celtics starters battled injuries in the Game 2 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, though none appears serious enough to jeopardize the players' availability for Saturday's Game 3.

Captain Paul Pierce suffered a strained left Achilles that forced him to the locker room midway through the first quarter; Ray Allen needed to be taken to the locker room for a spell with a bruised chest after getting elbowed by LeBron James; and Rajon Rondo battled through a tight back that wouldn't loosen up for much of the game.

"It was a circus going on at the one point," coach Doc Rivers said after the game. "Ray needed to be taken to the locker room [in the second quarter], Paul was coming out of the locker room, Rondo was asking to come out, almost simultaneously. It was sketchy."

But the injuries don't appear to be a concern for the Celtics, who plan to rest Wednesday before getting back on the court Thursday.

"I'm day to day right now," said Pierce, who returned to the game in the second quarter after getting treatment. "We're just going to see how it feels the next couple of days. When you strain your Achilles, every step is like a slight, little pain in there. But it actually loosened up when I got back in there, got up and down a few times, and it really didn't affect me the rest of the game."

Pierce finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds in 32 minutes, 32 seconds of playing time.

"I don't think anybody's ever 100 percent at this time of year. It's just part of the game," said Allen, who had seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in 34 minutes. "It's been a long year; you just deal with it. Whatever ails you I'm sure [the Heat] have the same issues; everybody has them. You use the off-days to get your body better."

Rondo wore a wrap around his lower back before the game and during intermission to keep the back from tightening. He said after Tuesday's loss that he was fine. Rivers told the media that Rondo asked to come out early in the fourth quarter because of the back, but Rondo said it was due to fatigue. He did get some assistance while being stretched out on the baseline during the break.

"No, I was tired at the time," Rondo said. Asked about the wrap, he noted, "I was just trying to stay warm."

Rondo finished with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting with 12 assists and six rebounds in 41:42. According to ESPN Stats and Info, it was the eighth career playoff game that he's scored 20-plus points and had 10-plus assists.

What's more, Rondo scored or assisted on 52.7 percent of the Celtics' points (48 of 91) in Game 2, and the Celtics were 12-of-19 shooting (63.2 percent) off Rondo passes. Off all other passes, Boston was a mere 15-of-44 shooting (34.1 percent).

Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.