Report: Paul Pierce Could Play Against Celtics Tuesday Despite Broken Shooting Hand


Paul PierceThe reunion could take place after all.

Paul Pierce, the longtime Celtic now with the Brooklyn Nets, told reporters on Monday that there is a “good chance” he could suit up for Tuesday’s game against the Celtics despite a broken bone in his right hand. If so, he would more than cut in half the original prognosis for his return.

Pierce broke his hand in a loss to Houston on Nov. 29 and was expected to miss up to four weeks and to definitely miss his first regular-season meeting with his former team. Tuesday’s game against the Celtics would mark the 10-day mark since his injury.

“There’s a good chance,” Pierce said, according to Jay King of “It felt good — didn’t really get tested [in practice] like I’d like it to get tested, where I get a hit. But I thought I shot the ball really well, got up and down the court pretty good in practice.”

Pierce, 36, is averaging a career-low 12.4 points per game this season for the 6-14 Nets. He played 15 seasons with the Celtics, averaging 21.8 points per game and winning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Celtics to the 2008 championship.

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