The NBA has fined the Dallas Mavericks a third time in the playoffs because of violations of rules regarding their bench
The Dallas Mavericks have been penalised by the NBA for the third time in the playoffs for violating bench rules.
DALLAS — On Sunday, the NBA punished the Dallas Mavericks for the third time in the playoffs for violating rules concerning their bench.
Each time, the fine has been doubled, with the most recent being $100,000 following Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs at Golden State on Friday. Game 3 was set for Sunday night in Dallas. None of the sanctions were related to games played in Dallas.
Several Mavericks players have sat for the most of the postseason games, including home games. Players and coaches have been fined for standing for long periods of time, moving too far from the bench, and infringing on the court during game action.
After Games 2 and 7 in Arizona, the first two fines came from the West semifinals versus Phoenix. After a 33-point Dallas victory in the deciding game, the first fine was $25,000, and the second was $50,000.
Stephen Curry fired a pass out of bounds with no teammate in the area during Game 2 of the Warriors' 126-117 victory. The pass was near Dallas' Theo Pinson, who was standing and waving while wearing a white shirt. Golden State wore its white home uniforms.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following shootaround on Sunday, "He's got his arms up, calling for the ball." "That's excessive."
Curry's turnover was the lone occasion Kerr got irritated at the Dallas bench in Game 2.
Kerr stated, "In fact, I adore their bench." "They have tremendous chemistry and a lot of enthusiasm." They've had a fantastic season, and it's partly due to their closeness."
During a COVID-19 outbreak early in the season, Pinson signed a 10-day contract with the Mavericks. As his playing time diminished, he was offered a two-year contract and has been leading chants from the bench. In the playoffs, Pinson has remained inactive.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has also gotten into the spirit of bench cheering. He's been sidelined with a broken left foot since January and is unlikely to return for the playoffs.
They aren't the only two who have been standing for long stretches, and the Mavericks may not be ready to change their approach with the bench, if Hardaway's reaction on Twitter to the latest fine is any indication.
In another incident from Game 2, Davis Bertans of the Mavericks got tangled up with Damion Lee after making a 3-pointer in front of the Dallas bench. Several Golden State players approached the bench after the hit, but there were no confrontations. Technical fouls were given to Bertans and Lee.
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