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Paul Pierce hospitalized after gruesome, bloody finger injury

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If Paul Pierce were still playing, he probably wouldn’t be touching a basketball any time soon.

The Hall of Famer posted on his Instagram story a photo of him lying in a hospital bed before revealing the nasty injury.

Pierce, 46, then shared photos that Instagram deemed “sensitive content,” and understandably so.

Paul Pierce drives past Pablo Prigioni

Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives the ball against New York Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni (9) in Game 6 of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden in Boston May 3, 2013. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

The top of his right ring finger appeared to be bent sideways and bloodied.

“Just broke a couple fingers gonna have surgery on one,” Pierce wrote in a caption.

The finger was then bandaged up.

Paul Pierce's finger injury

Paul Pierce suffered a gruesome finger injury Friday. (Paul Pierce Instagram)

It’s unclear how Pierce was injured. He had posted podcast clips earlier in the day.

Pierce finger wrapped

Pierce said he was undergoing surgery. (Paul Pierce Instagram)

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He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021 after 19 years in the NBA, 15 of them in Boston with the Celtics, with whom he won his lone NBA title in 2008 over the Los Angeles Lakers.

It sure isn’t the worst injury Pierce has had.

He was stabbed 11 times at a nightclub in Boston in September 2000 and underwent lung surgery, just about a month before he was to begin his third NBA season.

Paul Pierce in 2021

Former Boston Celtics player Paul Pierce carries the game ball before a game against the Toronto Raptors at the TD Garden in Boston Oct. 22, 2021. (Brian Fluharty/USA Today Sports)

Pierce averaged 19.7 points on 44.5% shooting in his career.

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