HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

December 26, 2013 Updates

After struggling through a 1-for-8, six-point afternoon Wednesday, Pierce admitted that the broken bone in his right hand “isn’t all the way healed.” “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.” ESPN.com

December 24, 2013 Updates

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 on Tuesday for his flagrant foul on Pacers guard George Hill during the team’s loss at home to Indiana on Monday night. SI.com

Stefan Bondy: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not talk to the media. They also did not talk to the media in the morning shootaround. Twitter @NYDNInterNets

December 23, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Seems like it was the right choice—you got a ring and you seem to be in a good place. When you saw the team get broken up and sent to Brooklyn, what were your initial thoughts? Ray Allen: Just like I thought. That was my thought. Going into the situation, they were going to blow it up. I told my wife, “Imagine where we would be right now.” People were disgruntled and angry because I left, but it would’ve been easier for them if I got traded away. They felt better about it themselves. SLAM

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce will come off the bench again Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. "We feel comfortable with the way things went last game, so we're gonna go back that way," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. ESPN.com

Pierce will be coming off the bench in consecutive games for the first time in his career. It'll be just the fifth time he's not started in 1,119 games. Prior to coming off the bench Tuesday night, Pierce had not done so since Feb. 9, 2007, when he was with the Boston Celtics. It is unknown how long he will remain a reserve. "We're just focused on tonight's game, the Clippers, so that's all we're worried about right now," Kidd said. "We'll talk about if there's any changes somewhere down the road." ESPN.com

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And as Pierce and Garnett struggle through an abysmal stretch with the Nets, Rivers indicated the blame lies with Kidd for restricting their minutes. “(Pierce) can score anywhere," Rivers told Bleacher Report. "I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were (playing him), like they did with Kevin. And that’s not Paul. Paul doesn’t work under those type of minutes—at least, in my opinion he doesn’t. He’s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin’s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself." New York Daily News

Rivers predicted that Pierce will play "another three years," despite his early struggles. "He can score anywhere," Rivers said. "I think he was more uncomfortable with the short minutes that they were (playing him), like they did with Kevin. And that’s not Paul. Paul doesn’t work under those type of minutes—at least, in my opinion he doesn’t. He’s a guy that needs a rhythm to play. In Kevin’s case, on a 20-minute restriction, of course his numbers are going to be down. So I think at some point, he probably is going to have to play more minutes to improve, so he can get a better rhythm himself." Bleacher Report

Certain assumptions can be made here, like that Pierce is aching to play against his former team, with Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers visiting Brooklyn on Thursday, a night after the former Celtics coach’s only Garden visit of the season. But if alumni week is driving Pierce, he’s certainly not going to admit it. “It’s not because we have the Celtics and Doc coming in,” Pierce said. “It’s the way it ended up. There’s still a chance I won’t play. I’ve been working out the last two or three days. It’s not that it’s the Celtics. The doctor said whenever you can tolerate the pain, because the swelling has gone down, then I don’t mind you going out there shooting. That was a couple of days ago. “I’ve just been anxious to get out there. I don’t think there’s any more incentive because it’s the Celtics.” Boston Herald

He has already questioned the ability of coach Jason Kidd to make halftime adjustments, and he may also have to adjust to a role change. Pierce may start coming off the bench for the first time in his career. “I’ll figure it out. I’m not a selfish player,” he said. “If it’s going to help the team and help us win ballgames, I’ll come off the bench, not play. If I have to be a cheerleader on the sidelines, I’ll do that. It’s a change. It’s all on the coaches, man. When we come to the huddle we say ‘all in.’ Well, man, I’m all in. If I have to sacrifice for the betterment of this team, then I’ll do it.” Boston Herald

“The pain is bearable now,” Pierce said yesterday. “I’ve been able to shoot the last three days, and before that I couldn’t catch the ball or palm the ball. Still some pain, but it’s something I can deal with.” Boston Herald

December 9, 2013 Updates

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