Paul Pierce complained that his right hand hurt after the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Houston Rockets so Jason Kidd sat him against the Grizzlies on Saturday. But then on Monday, the Nets found out that Pierce had a non-displaced fracture in his hand that will keep him out at least 2-4 weeks while he recovers.
Pierce explained afterward that he started feeling the pain when he was elbowed in the hand against the Rockets. He left the game and got X-rays, which came back negative, and returned to the game in the second half. When the hand didn’t get better on Sunday, he went in for a second X-ray which also came back negative. It wasn’t until a MRI exam on Monday that they figured out what was wrong.
“It’s unfortunate for [Pierce],” Kevin Garnett told Tim Bontemps of the NY Post. “I knew something was wrong with him because I’ve seen him play through a lot of different injuries, and for him to keep inquiring and trying to understand what was wrong with his hand, I knew it had to be something very, very serious and I mean, put it on the list.”
With Pierce out, the Nets have been thin at the three position as Andrei Kirilenko (back) and Jason Terry (knee) are also out as well which has forced them to start Alan Anderson against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday with Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia behind him.
Pierce has struggled significantly this season. Through 15 games, he has averaged 15.4 points per 36 minutes with a 41.6 effective field goal percentage. Those numbers are way down from last season when he averaged 20.0 points per 36 with an eFG% of 50.2. His struggles have been a large part of the reason why the Nets have not improved this year and some fans have even suggested benching him before this.