Paul Pierce again struggled with his shooting on Wednesday, revealing afterward that he still hasn’t fully recovered from a broken bone in his right hand.

Pierce finished with just one field goal in nearly 18 minutes on 1-of-8 shooting against the Bulls in a 95-78 loss, continuing a downward trend. Monday against Indiana, he was held scoreless for the first time since 1999.

Pierce first injured his hand on Nov. 29 against Houston, missing the next four games before returning on Dec. 10 in a reserve role, where he continued on Wednesday.

“My hand is as comfortable as it’s going to be,” said Pierce, who finished with six points. “The bone isn't all the way healed, but it’s good enough to play.”

Pierce bemoaned his role of coming off the bench. Since returning from a hand injury, he has been a reserve for seven of the past eight games and he blamed his inconsistency on a discrepancy in minutes.

“When you’re coming off the bench, you’re not a primary option and when you sort of get in, you try to kind of force things,” he said. “You don’t get the looks every night that you usually were getting over the year.

I’m usually the third of fourth option when I’m on the court and sometimes it’s going to be like that. Minutes over the last few games have been different.

I played less minutes last game, less minutes this game. So when you have the inconsistency in the minutes, sometime you have inconsistency in your play.”