Pierce says 'good chance' he plays vs. Celtics

Pierce says 'good chance' he plays vs. Celtics
December 9, 2013, 1:15 pm
Share This Post

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Expected to be out until the end of this month with a right thumb injury, former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce said there's "a good chance" that he'll play tomorrow against Boston.

The injury occurred against Houston on Nov. 29.

"It was like the first quarter," Pierce said. "I was trying to get through a screen, got an elbow dead-center of my hand as I was going up. As I brought my hand up, the elbow came right on top of the hand in the first quarter."

He played another quarter afterwards.

"Then it just got too unbearable," he said.

While acknowledging that he still had some pain in the hand, Pierce added that "there's a good chance" of him facing his former team for the first time in a regular season matchup.

However, Pierce said he didn't get to work out the kinks with the injury in a manner that he would have liked to on Monday.

"It didn't really get tested like I like to get tested, where I get hit," he said. "But I thought I shot the ball really well, got up and down the court pretty good."

Nets coach Jason Kidd was a bit more tempered in the discussing the return of Pierce as well as Deron Williams (ankle) who both practiced on Monday.

"That would be a big boost," Kidd said. "I'm not quite sure if he's going to be able to go, but we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

For Pierce, it would be his first regular season game against Boston, the team with which he spent every year of his career until this season.

While there's likely to be some emotion, Pierce says he has already unpacked whatever emotional baggage he felt about the trade a while ago.

"When it's time to move on, you move on," Pierce said. "You can ask any girlfriend I ever had."