Paul Pierce won't play Wednesday

MIAMI -- Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce did not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Miami Heat and will also sit out Wednesday's visit to New Orleans Hornets with lingering pain from a bruised right heel, coach Doc Rivers said before his team lost 115-107 to Miami.

"He worked out (Monday), did some shooting (Tuesday) -- he's feeling better, there's no doubt about that," Rivers before the game. "He won't play tomorrow, either -- it's probably safe to say that. Then we'll wait and see, maybe the home opener (on Friday against Detroit)."

Pierce suffered the bruise during the team's first practice session of training camp and has been sidelined since. He went through a workout Monday and experienced less soreness than he had previously after ramping up his activity, but he's still not ready to get on the floor.

Pierce was one of the first players on the court at Celtics shootaround Tuesday morning at American Airlines Arena and hoisted shots at both ends of the court (he even dunked a few times). But it was unclear if he was at the point where he could jump back into the fray after missing nearly all of training camp due to the injury.

Sasha Pavlovic started again Tuesday night against the Heat.

Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics and Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.