Celtics’ Paul Pierce playing through pinched nerve

Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce has been playing through pain this season, as the veteran is suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck, reports Jessica Camerato of CSN New England.


"It's something that's been bothering me probably like the last two months," Pierce said after the Celtics 71-69 win over the Chicago Bulls. "It's getting better, though. The last couple of weeks, it's been better than it has been."

Pierce is looking forward to the All-Star break so he can rest his neck. Once the Celtics return to action, he’s hopeful that there will be more players available to help spell him minutes so he can rest and recover.

The Celtics have already lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa for the season, and Pierce has been unwilling to sit considering the team’s other injury issues. Even with his neck ailment, the 35-year-old has managed to total 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season.

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