Friday, December 13, 2013
Starting Five: Keep Pierce on Nets' bench?
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Paul Pierce came off the bench again, and the Brooklyn Nets won ... again.
Starting to sense a trend here.
Pierce, coming off the bench in consecutive games for the first time in his 16-year career, had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes in the Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night at Barclays Center.
“I’m playing my part in this, that’s what it is. I’m trying to lead the second team,” Pierce said. “We’ve developed some chemistry with that unit, so as long as things keep going where we’re winning games, like I said, I’m sacrificing for the good of the team.”
Pierce went 2-for-7 from the field, hitting his first two shots since breaking a bone in his right hand. He says he’s getting used to the protective glove he wears over his injured hand.
“Last night [I] took it out to the movies,” Pierce joked. “Maybe I’ll get on a boat ride with it and do a candle light dinner. We’re getting to know each other very well.”
The Nets trailed by as many as 13 points, but the second unit helped them pull off a 25-point turnaround. Pierce has served mostly as a facilitator, and has shined in that role.
Will it continue?
We’ll have to wait and see.
Question: Should the Nets continue bringing Pierce off the bench?
In case you missed it: Deron Williams was dominant, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce had an emotional reunion with Doc Rivers, and Jason Kidd needs to be like Doc if the Nets are going to be contenders.
Nice sked: Brooklyn's next four opponents have losing records.
Up next: Nets at Pistons Friday night