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Paul Pierce: Expects to Play Thursday

Update: Pierce (knee) has a sprained MCL, but participated in the Celtics' morning shootaround and is expected to play Thursday night against Atlanta, A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet reports.

Recommendation: Pierce aggravated a previous knee injury in Game 5, and it has been confirmed that he has a sprained MCL. Pierce is averaging 21.8 points and 6.6 boards so far this series against the Hawks, a series that he and the Celtics hope to close out Thursday night.

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