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NBA notebook: Memphis Grizzlies sign Seth Curry out of NBDL

Associated Press The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard Seth Curry, who had been playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League. The Grizzlies announced the move on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 21.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.58 steals on .439 shooting in 37.3 minutes in 12 games for Santa Cruz this season. Curry, 23, is the young brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. They are the sons of ex-NBA player Dell Curry, who made at least 40 percent from 3-point range in nine of his 16 NBA seasons Seth Curry was not drafted this year after his senior season at Duke, during which he ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game. The Grizzlies have struggled this season after being one step away from the NBA Finals in the 2013 playoffs. Memphis is fighting to stay out of the Western Conference basement at 12-15, and has been hit by a rash of injuries. Most notable among those injuries is the loss of the NBA’s reigning defensive player of the year, center Marc Gasol, to a sprained MCL on Nov. 22.

Nets’ Pierce fined for foul

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 for his flagrant foul on George Hill of the Pacers.

Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indiana’s 103-86 win Monday. Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. But his arm ended up going around Hill’s neck for a clothesline tackle.

Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic ejection. The NBA said Tuesday that Pierce made “excessive and unnecessary contact.”

Anthony’s status unsure

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony will be a game-time decision for their Christmas matchup with the Thunder.

Anthony sprained his left ankle in New York’s 103-98 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

The Knicks will be without at least one starter today. They said Tuesday that guard Raymond Felton will miss the nationally televised home game against Oklahoma City because of a strained right groin.

Felton was also hurt Monday after returning from a six-game absence caused by a strained left hamstring.


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