Nets must battle on without Paul Pierce, who has struggled this seasonPosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s ESPN New York on the Brooklyn Nets, who will be without small forward Paul Pierce for 2-4 weeks due to a broken bone in his finger:
Pierce has struggled this season, shooting only 36.8 percent overall and 26.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc, while averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Pierce rarely looked comfortable and was trying hard to find his way with the Nets. That process is now put on hold, and things might run a bit smoother for the team. Let’s make it clear: I am not saying the Nets are better without Pierce. No way. But Pierce will even admit that he was trying to find his comfort level and that was a struggle.
The Nets have to find a way to replace Pierce’s offense (he’s a proven scorer who was a late-game option) and ability to get to the line when he’s aggressive.
Alan Anderson will be the beneficiary of Pierce’s absence. He will probably start, like he did against Memphis, and Jason Kidd likes his energy and hustle. The Nets are going to rely even more on Joe Johnson for offense, perimeter shooting and to carry the load with the second unit. Brook Lopez will remain a focal point.
Mirza Teletovic should continue to see steady playing time, and Tornike Shengelia might even see some more minutes than normal. The Nets could sure use Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Terry back, though. Kirilenko could ease the blow of Pierce’s injury big time.