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Paul Pierce to miss 2-4 weeks with fractured hand

Paul Pierce is expected to be out up to one month. (Pat Sullivan / AP)

Just as the Brooklyn Nets were getting Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez back from injuries, they’ve lost Paul Pierce.

Pierce has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined two-to-four weeks, the Nets announced. Although he played Saturday night, Pierce was injured Friday night in Houston.

The Nets are 5-12 and the loss of Pierce takes some of the oomph out of the Nets’ game next week against the Boston Celtics, who traded him and Garnett to the Nets last summer. With the Nets, Pierce has struggled, shooting 31.1 percent from the field over the last 11 games (Paul P23.8 percent from three-point range).

It also takes even more oomph, if that’s possible, out of the Eastern Conference and the Nets’ expectations.

“I know it is eventually going to turn around,” Pierce told last week. “I have been in this situation before. I remember a couple of years ago … I was with a Boston team that was under .500 going into the all-star break. We weren’t playing well, [but] you look up playoff time, we were one quarter away from being in the [NBA] Finals. So, you know, I believe that I will turn this around and our team will turn this around.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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