East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Brooklyn Nets swingman Paul Pierce will miss two to four weeks after suffering a broken bone in his right hand.
Coach Jason Kidd said he did not know when Pierce injured his hand, but the team indicated he sustained a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his shooting hand Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston.
The 36-year-old Pierce played only 15 minutes before Kidd benched four of his starters for the entire second half of a 114-95 loss in Houston last Friday. Pierce did not play in the Nets’ last game, a 97-88 win in Memphis on Saturday.
The Nets, who have already been depleted by injuries all season, will be further weakened with the loss of Pierce. Brooklyn has played without Deron Williams (ankle), Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee).
Williams has already been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against Denver and is considered doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Knicks. Kirilenko and Terry remain out for the week.
Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez, who returned Friday from an ankle injury, also did not practice with the team Monday as both big men were given a rest day.
This season, the Nets (5-12) have lost a total of 37 games due to injury to six players. Kidd has had to use seven different starting lineups as Joe Johnson has been the only starter to start every game this season.
Pierce is shooting only 36.8 percent and 26.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc while averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Pierce is on pace for career lows in shooting percentages and scoring average in his 16-year career.