It was revealed on Monday by the Brooklyn Nets that former Celtics player Paul Pierce had suffered a hand injury in their game against Houston, meaning he will likely miss his former team’s visit to Brooklyn next week.
With Pierce out two to four weeks with the broken bone in his right hand, bettors will be watching NBA basketball lines closely to see how the injury-depleted Nets team will be affected going forward without their star small forward.
In addition to Pierce, the Nets are currently without Deron Williams, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko.
As any Celtics fan knows, Pierce played for Boston from the time he entered the league as a 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Entry Draft, all the way up until he was traded to the Nets in July of this year along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
Nicknamed “The Truth” by Shaq in 2001, Pierce is in the upper echelon of a number of Celtic’s all-time records, including number one in total steals, second in points and first for the most three-point field goals as a Celtics player.
On top of those accolades, Pierce also holds the records for most points scored in a game at TD Banknorth Garden (50, February 15, 2006), most points scored by a Celtics player in one half (46, December 1, 2001) and the highest scoring average for a Boston player through one month (33.5 PPG, February, 2006).
Next Tuesday’s meeting in Brooklyn will be the first between the two teams since last summer’s trade, and Celtics fans will certainly be disappointed not to be watching Pierce — green jersey adorned or not.
The Nets, however, will be in Boston to play the Celtics on January 26 and March 7 this season. Pierce is expected to miss up to a month with his current injury, and barring any other setbacks, he should be good to go when his current team visits his former.