Brooklyn Nets (5-12) star Paul Pierce has broken his right hand and faces up to a month on the sidelines, according to ESPN.
The former-Boston Celtics guard suffered the non-displaced fracture during the defeat to the Houston Rockets last Friday.
He missed the subsequent game against the Memphis Grizzlies - just the Nets' fifth win of a disappointing campaign so far.
Pierce, who joined the Nets in a high-profile trade also involving former-Celtic Kevin Garnett, has struggled mightily in New York since his move.
The 36-year-old is averaging 12.4 points on just 31.1 per cent shooting - including a miserable 23.8 per cent from three point range.
The report claims he faces between two and four weeks out with the injury, with Alan Anderson ready to replace him in the starting lineup.
The Nets beat the Grizzlies on Saturday with strong contributions from two returning starters, Brook Lopez and Garnett.
Despite a huge financial outlay over the summer, the Nets have struggled under first-year coach Jason Kidd and the Eastern Conference contenders have looked anything but potential playoff hopefuls.