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Paul Pierce Talks About Neck Problems

Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(WALTHAM, Mass.) -- Boston Celtics' captain Paul Pierce announced Thursday that the neck pain he's been experiencing this season may not go away until the season is over.

"I probably won't be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do," Pierce said. "I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back and part of my neck. It's something that I've had over the last several months. I'm about as healthy as I'm probably going to be in the regular season right now. I really don't try to pay attention to it during the game. I don't let little injuries affect me. I don't really think about it, but it's probably been the reason I've been playing a little up and down."

Pierce admitted a few weeks ago that he had been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck for most of the season.

Despite the pain, Pierce is still having a solid season. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game, while also averaging 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

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