Add Paul Pierce’s strained left foot to a laundry list of injuries faced by the Celtics this season.



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First, the good news for Celtics fans — the C’s snapped a three-game skid with a 99-88 win over the Wizards Monday night in Washington, D.C.

Now, the better news — Paul Pierce expects to be OK.



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The tendency right now is to write off the Celtics.

For the last month, they have been treading water in a sea of mediocrity — and when they had three games to prove themselves against the best the league has to offer, they came up short in all three games.



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For all intents and purposes, it was a preseason game with little significance.



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Paul Pierce scored a season-high 35 points, yet the most memorable play of the game was the shot he could not stop.



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Even with Kevin Garnett back in the lineup, the Celtics have been flirting with disaster. With Garnett back, they narrowly escaped against a short-handed Portland team and the mediocre Clippers.



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The fans have spoken, and they got the All-Star Game starters mostly correct. The big quibble is with the selection of Allen Iverson, but voting for All-Star teams is one of the few acts of fan democracy left, and if a million or so people want to watch A.I.



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Even before the Celtics went into a prolonged funk, Doc Rivers had his doubts about the way his team was playing.



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Baron Davis wouldn’t have his way this time.



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Kevin Garnett was introduced to a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd. He threw down a dunk in the first quarter and scored nine points in the first nine minutes.



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