Pistons F Grant Hill has a new weapon that has helped him average 38.8 points per game in 2000.

Hill played three games in four nights during the first week of the new year, putting up back-to-back 42-point games followed by a 31-point outing in a win over the Bucks. On Saturday night, he had 40 in a loss to the Timberwolves. The outbursts featured a long-overdue addition to Hill's repertoire--the three-point shot.

Hill made eight three-pointers in the four games. To put that number in perspective, Hill--in just four days--actually doubled his three-point total from the previous two seasons. He had three in 1997-98 and none last season.

He entered this season as a career 18 percent shooter from three-point range, going 22 for 121. This season, he already has made 18.

AINGE ON TV: Danny Ainge rejoined Turner Sports as a television analyst, less than one month after resigning as coach of the Suns.

Ainge, 40, will be a studio and game analyst for Turner, a role he also held for one season after ending his playing career in 1995.

RATLIFF ACTIVATED: The 76ers activated F-C Theo Ratliff and placed F Jumaine Jones on the injured list because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. . . .

The Warriors placed G John Starks (right knee tendinitis) and G-F Chris Mills (foot surgery) on the injured list. The team also signed G-F Jamel Thomas to a 10-day contract.