Paul Pierce is back and playing after missing nearly two weeks due to a broken bone in his hand. That doesn’t mean he’s 100 percent, though.
Mostly, because, well, he’s not.
And after Wednesday’s 95-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls, where he shot an abysmal 1 for 8, he admitted it.
“My hand is as comfortable as it’s going to be,” Pierce said after the Nets were blown out by the Chicago Bulls 95-78 at Barclays Center. “The bone isn’t all the way healed, but it’s good enough to play.”
Pierce averaged nearly 26 points on 81 percent shooting in games against the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers last Wednesday and Friday, respectively. However, Pierce was held scoreless (0 for 7) on Monday against the Indiana Pacers and was held to six points on 1 of 8 shooting in 18 minutes on Christmas day against the Bulls.
“I’m just trying to find and get a flow,” said Pierce, who has come off the bench in seven of the past eight games since returning from the hand injury, which caused him to miss four games.
“Sometimes the ball is going to come your way. When you’re coming off the bench, you’re not a primary option and when you sort of get in, you try to kind of force things. You don’t get the looks every night that you usually were getting over the year and I’ve got to grow accustomed to that.”
Pierce and the Nets fell to a dreadful 9-19 on the season after Wednesday’s loss to the Bulls.