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Another blow to Nets: Paul Pierce out 2-4 weeks with broken hand

Dec 2, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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The Basketball Gods are treating the Brooklyn Nets like Odysseus.

The already injury plagued 5-12 Brooklyn Nets will be without Paul Pierce for 2-4 weeks due to a broken third metacarpal bone in his right hand the team announced Monday. That is the bone that basically connects your middle finger to your wrist. The injury happened Friday night against the Houston Rockets and Pierce sat out Saturday’s Nets’ win over the Grizzlies on the road.

This means Alan Anderson will be starting for the Nets for a while, he was 0-6 from the floor against Houston.

Pierce is the Nets third leading scorer at 12.4 points per game but is shooting just 36.8 percent on the season (and 26.8 percent from three). He’s simply not been good.

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Injuries remain the main issue for the Nets.

Don’t this year’s Nets remind you of last year’s Lakers? A lot of star power but injuries have kept them from forming any kind of cohesive play — Deron Williams needs to be the offensive leader on this team but he missed all of training camp and a lot of time since (he is out Tuesday vs. Denver and doubtful for Thursday). Brook Lopez is the Nets best player right now and he just got back on the court and he is not 100 percent. Kevin Garnett looks old and is not leading any kind of transformation on the defensive end.

At some point the Nets should get healthier and string together some wins, which well could make them a playoff team in the East, but they are no kind of real threat to the elite.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM


  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I thought the Nets were going to challenge the Heat after
    they made the BIG trade for those old ass players from Boston.

  3. jammer73 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Time for Pierce to retire. He has nothing left in the tank.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      You probably call in sick with a hangnail.

  4. zackd2 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    No, the Nets won’t get healthier. Old players get hurt, once Pierce is back someone else will go down. That’s how old teams operate.

    And Brook Lopez, their best player, is averaging 6 rebounds again as a 7″ starting center. That’s laughable.

    • archilochusColubris - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      A 7″ starting center really would be laughable. But Lopez looks like he’s quite a bit taller.

    • akmgiants - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      pierce and kg are the only old players on the team.

      plus, last year, lopez had the same % of contested rebounds as reggie evans, evans just had a lot more boards, due to lopez boxing out. so who cares if he gets 6 rebounds a night

  5. brianscalabrine - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Watching the Nets’ offense is pathetic. Let’s just give the ball to Joe Johnson at the top of the key, let him dribble for 10 seconds, try a couple screens with Lopez, and, if those don’t work, try a post up with Lopez. If Lopez can’t get a shot, it’s just Iso Joe for the remainder of the possession. Yes, it worked out against Memphis last game, but only because Johnson had a great shooting game (which is not often).

    This offense has no creativity whatsoever, which is inexcusable for a team with this many veterans. Injuries are part of it, but without any offensive system, it falls on the coaching staff.

  6. knightrider1755 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Yet they are still better than the Knicks even with all their injuries. Chandler is the only person missing from the Knicks lineup and they still can’t win.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      At least the Knicks actually have something to look forward to. Loosing Chandler is huge….the Nets sucked WITH Pierce & Co….this news is just insult to injury.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Knicks have something to look forward to; what might that be: losing?

      • akmgiants - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        so the nets getting all their players back isn’t something to look forward to?

  7. mogogo1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    At least he didn’t break it because Kidd ran into him trying another trick to gain a timeout.

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