Paul Pierce goes scoreless, gets ejected
So much for that great streak Paul Pierce was on.
He went scoreless Monday night for the first time since March 9, 1999, thanks in part to his ejection in the third quarter of the Nets' 103-86 loss to the Pacers.
Pierce, who shot 0-for-7 in 15:14, was called for a flagrant 2 foul when he chased down George Hill on a fast break and tried to make a hard play on the ball. Pierce wound up lassoing and horse-collaring him, with Hill taking a hard spill.
The officials reviewed the play and concluded it was a flagrant 2, sending Pierce to the showers early. He left without talking to the media, but Hill didn't think there was any malicious intent.
"No, that's part of the game," he said. "Hard fouls are a part of the game. I've been in that position a lot, my whole life. Get back up and don't let it faze me."
Jet fuelIt's been a while, but the Jet finally was cleared for takeoff. Jason Terry, who had been sidelined with a bruised knee, was given the go-ahead for game action for the first time since Nov. 20. He had 11 points and shot 4-for-7 from the field (3-for-6 on three-pointers) in 15 minutes.
After being given a warm welcome, he said: "Well, the fans of Brooklyn understood what it means to be out and to come back, and what I mean to this team."
What does Terry bring? "Leadership,'' coach Jason Kidd said. "Understand what it takes to, one, be a champion. But just being on the floor, giving us guidance. When you look at stretching the defense, he can make shots, can take and make big shots. But he's just working his way in his first night back.''
Net-ceteraAndrei Kirilenko (back spasms) remained out but could play Wednesday against the Bulls or Friday against the Bucks . . . Pacers center Roy Hibbert's reaction to the loss of fellow 7-footer Brook Lopez for the season? "It [stinks],'' he said. "Brook's a very talented, skilled post player.'' . . . With Lopez out, 6-11 Andray Blatche was a candidate to slide into the starting lineup, but Kidd preferred to keep him with the reserves.