WALTHAM, Mass. — It looks like Celtics Nation will have to wait even longer to see Paul Pierce suit up for his new team, the Brooklyn Nets.
The 10-time All-star will be out for 2-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in the third metatarsal of his right (shooting) hand. That means it's unlikely he will be back in time when the Celtics travel to Brooklyn to play on Dec. 10.
Pierce's injury was the latest fall-out from the Celtics' blockbuster trade with Brooklyn that's looking more and more like a steal for the Green team.
In addition to Boston (7-12) off to a better start than the Nets (5-12), the two key pieces sent to Brooklyn, Pierce and Kevin Garnett, have struggled mightily with their new team. And Pierce's injury is just the latest setback in what's shaping up to be an injury-riddled season for the Nets.
However, it does help explain why Pierce has gotten off to such a horrible start shooting the ball. Pierce has appeared in 15 games, averaging 12.4 points while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 26.8 on threes -- all career lows.
Although the mega deal was agreed upon on draft night, it didn't become official until July. That's when Boston traded Pierce, Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J. White (he was immediately waived by Brooklyn) to the Nets for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph (he was immediately waived by Boston), Keith Bogans and three, unprotected first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018).