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Pierce wishes he could help

LOS ANGELES - Paul Pierce acknowledged it was tough to watch the Celtics drop a 100-77 decision to the Clippers last night at Staples Center, particularly knowing how much his scoring could have helped.

"It's always frustrating, especially when you want to be out there for your team," said Pierce, who sat on the bench during the game. "You're on the sideline and you feel you can make a difference. It's tough, but these guys are getting valuable experience and that's going to be good for them."

When asked about his return, Pierce said he didn't know how his injured left foot (stress reaction) was progressing.

"We'll have to wait and see," Pierce said. "It's only been a week and I'm just staying off of it. I can't really tell. It gets sore and has its days and then it doesn't. I'll probably start [working out] sometime next week and get on the bike, probably by the time [the Celtics] get back from the trip. I'm going to just stay in LA, stay off of it and after New Year's head back to Boston."

Except for the opportunity to spend the holidays at home with friends and family, there has been nothing enjoyable about the injury-related break for Pierce. He wouldn't even say it was nice to have a little break from the NBA grind, commenting that he was used to the hectic schedule.

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