The latest drama surrounding a Warriors NBA playoff series isn't about a "dirty" play, but the topic still is lingering after several days.

Although the newest scandal surrounding a Warriors NBA playoff series had nothing to do with a "dirty" play, the matter has lingered for many days.

On Sunday, the NBA fined the Dallas Mavericks $100,000 for breaking league rules regulating the team's bench decorum during games. During their previous series against the Phoenix Suns, Dallas was fined $25,000 and $50,000 for the same offence.

The most recent incidences occurred during Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs, which the Warriors won at Chase Center on Friday night.

During their pregame press conferences, Mavericks coach Jason Kidd and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were asked about the incident and fine before the series returns to American Airlines Center in Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday night.

"If you want to talk about the bench," Kidd added, "we can talk about the bench." "We don't discuss the bench. You guys did the bench article, and since you brought notice to it, we started getting penalised. As a result, you should pay the fine.

"As a result, the media is to blame. But, to be honest, we don't complain. That's what we're about: we lose with dignity and win with class."

Kerr has stated several times in recent days that he appreciates Mavericks bench players exhibiting enthusiasm for their team as long as it does not interfere with the activity on the floor.

In Game 3, it appeared that the Mavericks bench was impacting what happened in the second half when the Warriors had the ball.

Kerr told reporters 90 minutes before tipoff Sunday, "I love the excitement of those guys." "Their closeness is palpable. So long as there isn't any interference with the activity, everything is OK. For us, for most teams, guys are these days, modern NBA, more engaged on the bench and there's more theatrics and more dancing and all in all, I think it's pretty good stuff. But I think the difference is, it's tough to differentiate Dallas' assistant coaches from their players who aren't suited up and there's a huge mixture of people up there, which is fine as long as what happened the other night doesn't happen, where somebody with the same color shirt as us calls for the ball.

"Steph then tossed it to him. It was an excellent pass. He was forthcoming. That is the only criticism I have. Everything else is outstanding. I think fans enjoy seeing the trash talking and the intensity. They want the athletes to care, players to care, but if it affects the game, it goes a little far."

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent out a sarcastic tweet after the fine, while Tim Hardaway Jr. and Theo Pinson, both of whom aren't playing in the series and were standing throughout the first two games in San Francisco, also fired off tweets about the fine.

The issue likely isn't going away as the Mavericks need all the energy they can muster up to get back into the Western Conference finals. Dallas is looking to avoid falling into a three-games-to-none hole at home on Sunday night in the best-of-seven series.

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