It wasn’t enough that the future Hall of Famer was held scoreless Monday for the first time since 1999, when he was a rookie.
It also wasn’t enough that the Brooklyn Nets forward’s scoreless night ended with an ejection for a flagrant-2 foul on Pacers guard George Hill.
On Tuesday, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn – apparently not in any sort of holiday spirit – fined Pierce $15,000 for his clothesline on Hill in the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 103-86 home loss.
Here’s the play:
The league said Pierce made “excessive and unnecessary contact” with Hill, who didn’t think Pierce had gone over the line.
“It was a basketball play. I think back in the day, hard fouls was good,” Hill said after the game.