Nets’ Pierce fined $15,000 for flagrant foul on Hill

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, at 5:36 p.m.
Paul Pierce (left) of the Brooklyn Nets has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his foul on Indiana's George Hill (3) during Monday nights' game in New York.
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Paul Pierce (left) of the Brooklyn Nets has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his foul on Indiana's George Hill (3) during Monday nights' game in New York.

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has been fined $15,000 by the National Basketball Association for committing a flagrant foul on opposing point guard George Hill during Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.

The incident occurred during the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 103-86 loss to Indiana, when Pierce made a “clothesline” tackle on Hill as the Pacers player was going for a layup.

Pierce was ejected from the game and the NBA announced his fine on Tuesday, saying that the 10-time All Star had made “excessive and unnecessary contact” with Hill.

However Hill appeared to defend Pierce, suggesting that in a previous era the foul would not have received such a penalty.

“I think back in the day, hard fouls was good,” Hill told reporters after the game. “So, it was a hard foul, but at the end of the day, don’t let it rattle you and that’s what I thought about.”

A frustrated Pierce shot 0-of-7 from the floor against the Pacers, missing his two three-point attempts, to record only the second scoreless game of his NBA career.

A clothesline tackle refers to when a player extends an arm around an opponent’s neck area.

Anthony game-time decision

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony’s availability for the Christmas Day game against the Oklahoma City Thunder will be a game-time decision, coach Mike Woodson said Tuesday.

The Knicks star left Monday night’s win against the Orlando Magic with a sprained ankle.

“We got to weigh it out,” Woodson said Tuesday on ESPN radio. “He came in and got treatment today and he’ll get treatment through probably the evening and then tomorrow when he wakes up and comes in we’ll have to assess it at that time.”

Woodson said he would consider what Anthony told him, but he would also listen to the medical staff.

“Again, I trust Melo,” Woodson said. “This is my third year with Carmelo. He’s a tough competitor, a tough kid. I trust everything about him in terms of how he’s thinking. And then the medical people will kind of lead us in the right direction in terms of where he is, and we’ll assess everything tomorrow morning and then we’ll make a decision.”

The Knicks have already ruled out starting point guard Raymond Felton, who strained his right groin against Orlando. Woodson said Felton is day to day.

The Knicks could have power forward Kenyon Martin back after he missed the last five games with a strained abdominal muscle.

“The bright side is I think Kenyon, if everything goes according to plan when he comes in tomorrow morning, he might be a guy that suits and plays a little bit,” Woodson said. “So that is a plus.”

Grizzlies sign Seth Curry

The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard Seth Curry of the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, the team announced Tuesday.

Curry (6-1, 180) comes to Memphis after averaging 21.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.58 steals on .439 shooting in 12 games for Santa Cruz this season.

The 23-year-old ranks 10th in the D-League in scoring and second in assists per game. He has scored 20 or more points seven times, including a career-high 36 in his D-League debut on Nov. 22 vs. Austin, and has recorded three double-doubles.

Curry went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft following his senior season at Duke in which he ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (team-high 17.5 points) and 3-point field goal percentage (.438) and garnered first team All-ACC and second team All-America honors.

Curry is the younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who set the NBA single-season record for 3-point field goals made (272) last season.

Seth joined Stephen in Golden State after signing as a free agent on Aug. 23 but was waived on Oct. 25 following the preseason.

The duo is the highest-scoring brother tandem in NCAA history, finishing their collegiate careers with a combined 4,736 points (Stephen — 2,635 points at Davidson; Seth — 2,101 points at Duke and Liberty).

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