Paul Pierce Might Not Play Friday Due To Illness

Source: Matt Moore, CBS Sports

PierceBrooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce is dealing with an illness and could miss Friday’s game vs. the Wizards.

Paul Pierce could miss Friday night’s game against the Wizards after skipping the Nets’ morning shootaround with an undisclosed illness.

Nets coach Jason Kidd said Pierce began feeling ill Thursday night, but the hope had been he would recover in time to be ready for shootaround.

“We’ll see,” Kidd said when asked whether Pierce would play against the Wizards. “We’ve got plenty of guys to step up and take that position. Right now we’re planning on Paul playing. We’ll see how he feels, but if we have to make that adjustment, we will.”

Pierce is out to a terrific start, averaging 15 points, five rebounds and three assists on 56 percent shooting from the field. The Nets have been 4.1 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents with him on the floor.

The Wizards have been struggling, but Pierce has been an unexpectedly big part of the Nets’ offense.