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CELTS' PIERCE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

Paul Pierce, his eye swollen and forehead bandaged, walked out of New England Medical Center in Boston Thursday three days after being stabbed nearly a dozen times, hoping for a quick return to the Boston Celtics.

"I'd just like to tell everybody I feel good," he said. "I can't wait to get back on the basketball court and join my Celtics teammates."

The Celtics begin training camp Monday, but Pierce did not indicate if he'd be there.

Two of the three men police believe attacked Pierce pleaded innocent to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and were ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.

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