Jefferson Expects To Play vs. Toronto
WALTHAM - Al Jefferson says he'll be ready to go in Toronto Friday night, and characterized his right ankle sprain in Wednesday night's loss to Atlanta as a "tweak."
"It feels good. I'm expecting to play tomorrow. I wanted to come back last night," said Jefferson. "I must have stepped on somebody's foot. I tweaked it earlier in the game and it wasn't as bad, but it happened again."
Jefferson injured the ankle at some point in the first half and then again at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and while he says he could have returned to the game, he was advised to take precaution and wait to see how it felt at practice today.
"It was a little sore last night, and it's a little sore right now, but it's pain that I've played through before," said Jefferson. "I've iced it and I've just got to get it ready for tomorrow."
His right ankle is the same one that he suffered the bone bruise on in February of last season, which eventually required off-season surgery to fix properly. But given that Jefferson left the court under his own power and plans to play tomorrow, he appears to have dodged a bullet.
Today's practice was all comprised of film review, so Jefferson didn't miss any on-court action anyway.
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With the boot officially off, Paul Pierce was also at The Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint shooting threes when practice concluded, dressed in sweats and sneakers.
Pierce did not meet with reporters but was in good spirits and was already trash talking Team Travel and Equipment Manager John Connor, who regularly challenges (and occasionally beats) Pierce in shooting contests.
Tony Allen was also on site receiving treatment on his knee, and sporting a Gayle Sayers jersey. Allen and Coach Doc Rivers are both from the Chicago area and are backing the Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl.