Pierce Out 2-4 weeks

The injury-ravaged Brooklyn Nets will be without Paul Pierce for two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand.

Pierce’s frustrating start in his first season in Brooklyn now includes a nondisplaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his shooting hand.

Coach Jason Kidd said he did not know when Pierce injured his hand, but in a news release the team said he was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston.

The swingman played only 15 minutes before Kidd benched four of his starters, including Pierce, for the entire second half of the 114-95 defeat.

Pierce, 36, did not play in the Nets’ last game, a 97-88 win in Memphis on Saturday.

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The Nets have been rocked by injuries all season. Pierce’s loss is the biggest hit to a team that already was 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 has struggled in his first season as a Net, but Brooklyn will miss the veteran’s leadership and experience on the court. 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.

Written by Nick

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