Pierce likely to sit out several more games

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UPDATE 2/26 9:01 am: It’s going to nba_pierce_small.jpga few more games before Paul Pierce returns to the Celtics lineup. Doc Rivers said Pierce will be held out because the Celtics want him right when he comes back, not trying to shoot through the pain and risking further damage. Basically, exactly the opposite of Kobe. The Celtics missed Pierce in the half court offense late in the game last night, although the way his teammates and the Cavaliers were playing, it likely would not have made a big difference.

2/25 1:10 pm: It appears the thumb injury suffered by Paul Pierce will keep him out of tonight’s nationally televised showdown against Cleveland.

Nothing is official yet, but Pierce sat out practice yesterday and Doc Rivers said “most likely” Pierce would not play. However, it will be a game time decision.

It’s getting to the time of year when we fans want to put playoff significance on regular season games. We talk about matchups and statement games. But it’s hard to do that when key pieces are missing. Caron Butler was missing for Dallas last night (not that it mattered). Pierce out tonight. But fans should remember that games in February do not determine the outcome of games in May. Those are two completely different animals.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.