Pierce tries to find rhythm in garbage time

December, 17, 2013
12/17/13
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NEW YORK -- Paul Pierce, a 10-time All-Star, explained his decision to play the entire fourth quarter of Monday's night game, a game in which the Brooklyn Nets led by as many as 42 points.

"I'm just trying to get my rhythm since I've been out with the hand [injury]," Pierce said. "That's why I decided to play without the glove [for the first time since coming back]. It's really been kind of hampering me. So I was just trying to see where I am -- see how [well] I can withstand the pain."

Without the glove, Pierce had 14 points and shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range in 31 minutes. In four games since returning and continuing to come off the bench, Pierce is averaging 10 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He is shooting just 38.5 percent from the field, but 46.7 percent from 3-point range.

"It felt a little more comfortable just not having it [my glove] there," Pierce said. "You're wearing something on your hand shooting the ball. You've been shooting the ball with your bare hand your whole life, so it's a little difficult."

Pierce didn't rule out wearing the glove again, but it doesn't sound like he will.

Asked if Pierce is going to stay a reserve, Nets coach Jason Kidd said, "For now, yes. Tomorrow's a new day, so we'll see."

• The Nets are shooting 52.8 percent from 3-point range in their last three games (41-for-78). They made a franchise-record 21 triples Monday night.

"I think we're definitely getting better looks, but we're playing at a faster pace as well," shooting guard Joe Johnson, who hit a career-high 10 3s Monday night, said. "So that opens up the 3-point line. Deron [Williams] is back, so with him pushing the basketball, getting in the paint, kicking it out for easy wide open shots, makes it a lot easier for us as shooters to make shots."

• Williams is 3-4 in his career against Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

"He's one of the fastest guys in this league, so his speed presents a problem," Williams said. "We've got to get back and pay attention to him. He's doing a great job of getting in the lane."

• After Monday's practice, which was held Barclays Center, the players took 75 children from the Administration for Children's Services shopping at Cookie's, the Kids Department Store in downtown Brooklyn.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Brook Lopez
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8