Dec 23, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (34) and Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) walk past one another after Pierce was called for a flagrant foul against Hill during the third quarter of a game at Barclays Center. Pierce was ejected from the game as a result of the play. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce fined $15,000 for 'excessive and unnecessary' contact

In the midst of yet another lopsided defeat for the Brooklyn Nets, Paul Pierce committed a fairly rough act against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill, and thus, he’s been disciplined (by way of a fine) by the NBA.

Pierce’s fine of $15,000 isn’t surprising given the action against Hill, but it’s just another reminder of how far things have fallen for both Pierce and the team. He was ejected after delivering the flagrant foul to Hill in the 3rd quarter, and while he wasn’t suspended, he isn’t off the hook entirely.

The former Celtic is having (easily) the worst season of his career in 2013-2014, averaging just 12.6 points (on 40.2% from the floor) and 5.2 rebounds per game, and his efficiency has fallen off of a cliff to a below league-average 13.55 PER. Unfortunately for Pierce, the team simply can’t sustain that level of play from him, as they’ve already lost Brook Lopez for the season and Deron Williams has been on the shelf for long stretches.

The Nets are now 9-18 heading into their Christmas Day battle with the Bulls, but maybe (just maybe) Pierce will be motivated by this significant hit to his wallet.

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