By Evans Clinchy
December 30, 2011

After a 56-26 finish last season, third in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics have started 0-3 this year, including an ugly 19-point loss last night to the New Orleans Hornets. But now it appears that help is on the way -- in the form of a Paul Pierce comeback.

The Celtics' captain has missed the first three games of the season with a bone bruise in his right heel, but he announced on his Twitter page this evening that he's now on the verge of a return.

I'm close very very close very

— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) December 30, 2011

Pierce's season debut may come tomorrow night when the Celtics take on the Detroit Pistons in their home opener at the TD Garden.

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