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Paul Pierce out Saturday against Grizzlies due to hand injury

Nov 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: Paul Pierce is now officially out Saturday against the Grizzlies.

3:30 p. m.: Injuries have been the story do far this season for the Brooklyn Nets, a team many expected to be legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference.

The latest one is to Paul Pierce, who isn’t expected to play when the Nets face the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce has been listed as doubtful for Saturday night’s game in Memphis due to a bruised right hand, the team announced.

Pierce is shooting just 31.1 percent in his past 11 games, including 23.8 percent from 3-point range.

Alan Anderson will likely get the start if Pierce can’t play.

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko remain sidelined due to various ailments. Kevin Garnett, who sat out Friday night’s loss in Houston just to rest, is expected to return to the lineup.

Pierce played less than 15 minutes in Brooklyn’s latest loss, an embarrassing one given the lack of effort shown from the opening tip. Jason Kidd benched four of his five starters to start the second half save for Brook Lopez, who returned after missing the last seven of his team’s games due to injury.

The constant lineup shuffling that’s plaguing the Nets in the early part of the season is the same thing the Lakers went through last year after their so-called super-team was similarly assembled. It’s impossible to get a new system in place with new key players and a new head coach if the players available are constantly changing on a game-to-game basis.

Brooklyn hoped that its projected starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez would be tough for most teams to deal with. Now, the team simply would settle for the opportunity to see if that might be the case.

  1. Gordon - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Ladies & Gentlemen…your Brooklyn AARP’s!!!

  2. wwttww - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Jabari is gonna look great in a Hawks uniform.

  3. slaugin - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    3 first rounders for 3 over the hill players, Boston will be reaping the rewards far after these guys are out of the league. Way to go New Jersey

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      What exit in Brooklyn is New Jersey at?

  4. lakerade - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Kidd needs to figure out how to use the rookies WITH the vets, not instead of. Oh, and yes health. Hurts more when the key player in DWill is out. Along that Lakers comparison, at least Kobe held down the fort for most of the season before succumbing to the team-wide injury bug.

  5. sportsfan18 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Paul and KG have had such great careers.

    This, all of it so far this season, sucks for them.

    If the season continues on like this I think they’ll both have difficulty coming back to play next year.

  6. bkoz1 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Is it me or is Paul beginning to look like Beetlejuice from The Stern Show?

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Yup.

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