Nets' Paul Pierce sits with bruised shooting hand
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It's Paul Pierce's turn to fight off the injury bug.
Pierce sat out Saturday night's game against the Grizzlies with a bruised right shooting hand, the latest ailment in a season full of them for the Nets. He didn't play at all in the second half of Friday night's 114-95 loss in Houston, benched along with three other starters by coach Jason Kidd.
The Nets thought giving Pierce the night off would be the smart move. "Yeah, he's been playing with some injuries, but for his hand, I think it's a little swollen," Kidd said. "So they'll look at it and see how he feels tomorrow. But we felt it was the best for him to get some rest."
Pierce has struggled of late. After shooting 1-for-6 against the Rockets and scoring two points in 14:54, he's 37-for-119 in his last 11 games.
"He's a veteran guy and he's going to work through what he's going through," Kidd said, "and we all believe in that locker room that he'll turn for the better."
Mirza Teletovic is making the most of his minutes, turning into a bright spot off the bench for the Nets.
Teletovic had 18 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, on Friday night to record his first double-double in his one-plus seasons in the league. He had eight points Saturday night.
"Mirza has responded, and that's the thing about this team," Kidd said. "Guys who've been given minutes have responded in a positive way, and so we just need to keep building on that."
The Nets' game against the Grizzlies marked their fourth set of back-to-backs this season. They are 1-3 in the back end of consecutive games, with the three losses coming by 17 points.