Nets’ Pierce has broken bone in right shooting hand, out 2-4 weeks

Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in

his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued

Brooklyn Nets.

The team said Monday that Pierce had been diagnosed with a

non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right,

shooting hand. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at


Pierce has struggled badly in his first season in Brooklyn, but

the disappointing Nets can hardly afford another injury. They just

got back Brook Lopez but have still been playing without Deron

Williams and key reserves Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry.

Pierce is averaging 12.4 points.