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Next week’s Nets-Celtics matchup in Brooklyn will mark the first regular-season meeting between the teams since their blockbuster trade this offseason.
But Paul Pierce won’t be suiting up against his former team in that Dec. 10 game at Barclays Center after the Nets announced Monday that he has a broken right hand that will keep him sidelined for 2-4 weeks.
The Nets said that Pierce suffered the injury during the Nets’ loss Friday to Houston, and that, specifically, it’s a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of the right hand, his shooting hand.
With Pierce sidelined next week, it likely means that the Nets’ Jan. 26 game against the Celtics at TD Garden will be the first regular season game Pierce plays against his former team.