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Paul Pierce receives flagrant-two foul and ejection for takedown of Pacers’ George Hill (VIDEO)

Dec 23, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

Late in the third quarter and with the Nets trailing by 19 points at home to the Pacers, frustration appeared to get the better of Paul Pierce.

As George Hill raced toward the other end for what appeared to be an easy fast break opportunity, Pierce chased him down to give a no-layup type of foul, but since he caught Hill in the head and then followed through by taking him down around the neck, the officials ruled it a flagrant-two, which comes with it an automatic ejection.

Pierce was obviously intending to commit the foul to prevent the uncontested basket, and maybe with things so out of hand in this one he wanted to send a message to his teammates that he wasn’t ready to quit no matter the score. He may also have simply had enough for one night, after personally going 0-for-7 from the field.

The league may see fit to downgrade this to a flagrant-one in the days that follow, but either way, the game was over and the foul was unnecessary.  So, in the moment the officials made the decision, it was likely the correct call.

[via The Brooklyn Game]

  1. rickyspanish - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I love those super slow motion cameras they got these days.

  2. dannymac17 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Hopefully fine him for not leaving so early and arguing with the refs since thats always been called.

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I mean, he did have his eyes closed, he could of been going for the ball… I’m just saying, to me its not so obvious. I don’t care either way. In slow motion it really doesn’t look as bad. It looks like he closed his eyes and missed.

  4. djlexluger - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    It looks like he was going for the ball.

  5. metalhead65 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    he knew what he was doing and that was trying to injure Hill. I just lost all respect for pierce for doing that. it’s not Hill’s you and garnett are washed and over the hill and the nets suck. have fun watching the Pacers advance in the playoffs sitting in your rocking chair at home sore loser!

  6. Jeff - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Good call. Pierce got what he deserved.

  7. belleby123 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Bad call. Flagrant one for sure, but certainly not flagrant enough to deserve an ejection.

  8. heat256 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    How badly do you think PP and KG wish they weren’t traded now? What an utter disaster the Nets are.

  9. salmonellastains - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I like these slow motion replays too. You learn a lot about the type a leader a player is in these moments. Like when you see your teammate on the ground and no one around to help and your the closet player, instead of going to help him, which should be your first inclination, you go after your opponent. I’m talking about you Paul “I’m going to talk mess until they make me MVP” George.

  10. kinglorious - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Paul is a veteran, a crafty one at that. He knew what he was doing when he went above the shoulders.

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