Tuesday, July 5

Mavericks bench out of control? The NBA fined Dallas for the third time in the playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks franchise was fined $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding decorum on the team bench,” the NBA announced Sunday.

This is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for this situation this postseason and the fines now total $175,000 as they increase each time.

The statement from the league office cites multiple occasions in the Mavericks’ second game against the Warriors in which “several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period of time in the Dallas bench area, standing away from the team.” And they were “trespassing on the playing court during the game with the ball in play.”

Two fines for the same reason against the Suns

The Mavs received fines for similar infractions after losing Game 2 and winning Game 7 to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals.

The franchise made it clear at the time that they had no intention of tempering the enthusiasm of player Theo Pinson, the injured Tim Hardaway Jr. and the rest of the bench.

“The league is concerned about something wrong,” Jason Kidd said in assessing the first fine. “You have millionaires cheering on other millionaires. That doesn’t happen in this society. And the excitement of the game leads to one teammate cheering for another teammate, that’s special. And I think sometimes we focus on the wrong thing. When you see people who make a lot of money cheering for their teammates or their employees, you realize that’s what sports is all about. And getting fined, that’s great. It goes to another good cause, charity. They’re looking at the wrong thing.”

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What does Steve Kerr think?

On one occasion during Game 2, the Mavs’ standing reserves had an impact on the game. The Warriors incurred a turnover when Stephen Curry mistakenly passed the ball to Pinson, who was standing and wearing a white jersey, the same color as Golden State’s uniform.

“I don’t care as long as it doesn’t interfere with the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Saturday. “I don’t mind. I love the fact that the Dallas bench is energetic and talking trash. I think that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see a team that cares and they want to see energy and chemistry. So I love that, but when they get in the way of the game that’s when they cross the line.”


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