The team said Monday that Pierce had been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the third metacarpal of his right hand. He was hurt Friday in the first half of a loss at Houston.
Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd seems to be out of answers after going with the end of his bench for much of the fourth quarter in Sunday’s loss.
Jason Kidd has options. Now is the time to start using them instead of doing nothing and allowing this early derailment to cause a full-blown train wreck.
It sounds blasphemous, considering all that Lopez brings to the table, but it might behoove Kidd to make Lopez the odd man out in certain games where his defensive liabilities exceed his offensive assets.
This year’s Nets team has the potential to be off the charts, with far superior depth to support a starting five that has accumulated 35 All Star appearances
Deron Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night.
“The potential is definitely there for us to be one of those teams that can be talked about in NBA history,” Pierce said. “But it’s up to us to go out there and show it, be healthy and make a great run.”
Nets return home without any new injuries, though point guard Deron Williams and new acquisition Jason Terry remained limited.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King says “this is the window” for his retooled team to push for a championship.
Most sports fans focus on baseball and football during October. For the new-look Brooklyn Nets, however, this just might be their most important month until April.
Knicks guard Raymond Felton responded to Paul Pierce’s claim that the Nets will own New York.
“It’s an unbelievable move for (Nets coach Jason Kidd) to have a team like that to start off his first year,’’ Smith said. “They have a great chance to compete for a title. But we’re still the marquee team in New York.”
The Knicks will continue to rule New York City as they always have in terms of public support and media coverage. As a long-suffering Nets fan, I’ve come to grips with that reality.
While many of the faces have changed from the group that lost a Game 7 home game to Chicago to end last season, many of the same challenges remain. Below, I list the Nets’ three biggest question marks going into the 2013-14 season.
Anderson averaged a career-high 10.7 points last season for the Toronto Raptors.