The Brooklyn Nets go into tonight without their backup small forward Andrei Kirilenko, and now they might be down a starter, too. The Nets announced that Paul Pierce is doubtful to play Saturday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a bruised right hand.
Pierce struggled Friday night against the Rockets, shooting a lethargic 1-6 from the field and sitting out the entire second half as coach Jason Kidd tried to send a message to his team’s starters. It’s not clear when he bruised the hand, either during or after the game.
Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry did not travel with the team on their two-game road trip, and thus won’t play tonight. Brook Lopez is expected to play.
How did you react? Well…
Nets win. He sits… they win “@uuords: "Paul Pierce doubtful vs. Grizzlies" is a more existential headline than I'd anticipated”
— Yves Darbouze (@DonMagicDraper) November 30, 2013
"@MazzESPN: Paul Pierce (bruised right hand) is doubtful for tonight's game, #Nets announce." GOOD
— G.T.O (@gtosports) November 30, 2013
Wait…why am I happy about this? What kind of fan am I? "@rodboone: #Nets say Paul Pierce is doubtful tonight vs. #Grizzlies."
— Nelson Mandi (@MrVenescar) November 30, 2013
“@MazzESPN: Paul Pierce (bruised right hand) is doubtful for tonight's game, #Nets announce.” THANK GOD
— Anthony Merola (@Merola1507) November 30, 2013
Pierce was an early bright spot for the Nets on offense, but has struggled since, shooting just 31.1 percent from the field since shooting 50% or better in each of the team’s first four games. It’s amazing to think that 16 games into the season, fans would breathe a sigh of relief that Paul Pierce couldn’t play. It’s come to this.