Paul Pierce only lasted 73 seconds against the Sacramento Kings.
Pierce left the game with what was classified by the team as a “sore shoulder” after getting a hit from Jason Thompson on a post-up that left him incapacitated. Pierce immediately reached for the spot before running off the floor accompanied by trainer Tim Walsh to the locker room. He would not return.
This isn’t the first time Pierce has dealt with the injury. According to YES Network’s Chris Shearn, Pierce has dealt with physical issues in his neck and shoulder area for the past four seasons. Pierce classified it as a “stinger” this week.
With the increased workload inside at power forward, Pierce has left each of the last three games to tend to that specific injury, but Sunday night marked the first time it’s knocked him fully out of a game.