Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of the right hand, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. The injury occurred during the first half of the November 29 game at Houston. Pierce is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks.
That will cause him to miss the game against the Celtics on December 10th in Brooklyn. In theory (baring any setbacks or additional injuries) he should be able to return to the court in time for the game in Boston on January 26th - where there's sure to be quite the ceremony planned for him.
As for the short term plans for the Nets, they'll fill in the best they can.
Pierce injured himself in the first half of a game Friday against the Houston Rockets. His night ended after 15 minutes of play, and he was held out of Brooklyn's game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday with what was believed to be a bruised hand. Alan Anderson started in place of Pierce, effectively moving shooting guard Joe Johnson to the small forward spot. The injury to Pierce also opened up more playing time for Tornike Shengelia.