DALLAS — The Mavericks have been fined $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench fitness,” the National Basketball Association announced Sunday.
This is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for fitness violations this post-season. The total fines amounted to 175,000 dollars, which doubled each time.
The statement from the league office notes on multiple occasions in the Mavs losing game 2 to the Golden State Warriors that “several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for a long time in the Mavericks team bench area, stood far from the team. On the bench, they were on the field or They encroach upon it during the game’s motion.”
The Mavs were assessed fines for similar infractions following Game 2’s loss and Game 7’s win against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Mavs made it clear at the time that they had no intention of dampening the enthusiasm of a two-way player Theo Bensoninjured goalkeeper Tim Hardaway Jr.. And the rest of the bench.
“The league is concerned about the error,” Kidd said after evaluating the first fine. “You have millionaires cheering for other millionaires. It doesn’t happen in this community. And the enthusiasm in the game, that one team member cheering on another teammate. And I think sometimes we focus on the wrong thing. And that’s when you look at people who are making a lot of money cheering for their teammates.” On the team or their staff, that’s all about the sport. So for us to be fined, that’s great. It goes to another good cause, a charity. But then again, we’re “looking at the wrong thing.”
At one point in Game 2, Reserve Mavs on their feet affected the game. Warriors committed a turn when Stephen Curry He accidentally passed the ball to Benson, who was standing and wearing a white shirt, the same color as Golden State’s uniform.
“I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t interfere with the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Saturday. “I don’t mind it. I love the fact that the Dallas seat is so lively and trash-talking and in. 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 it, but when it goes against the game, then it’s over the line. .
“That’s the only thing that matters to me, if there’s a play… If there’s someone on the field, someone standing up and defending the ball, that’s just too much. But other than that, I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s cool.”
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