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.
Paul Pierce has been fined $15k for “excessive and unnecessary” contact with George Hill during Nets’ Monday night loss to the Pacers.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 24, 2013
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.