Pierce (hand fracture) likely to miss C's

The Brooklyn Nets announced Monday that Paul Pierce suffered a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of the right hand during Friday's game against the Houston Rockets. Pierce is expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks, which means he will almost certainly be out when the Boston Celtics visit Brooklyn next Tuesday.

That could make the Nets' visit to Boston on Jan. 26 the first time Pierce suits up against his former team during the regular season. Pierce played against the Celtics during a preseason game in Brooklyn in October.

Pierce is averaging a career-low 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 29.1 minutes per game in 15 appearances this season. The Nets are 5-12 (tied for the third worst record in the Eastern Conference).