The Dallas Mavericks were warned about their bench behavior prior to the NBA Playoffs, and it is clear that they have not toned it down as much as the league would like. Mavericks recently got fined by NBA for violating bench rules.
The NBA fined the Mavericks $25,000 recently for “violating league rules regarding team bench decorum.” According to a league press release, during the Mavericks’ Game 2 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, a member of their coaching staff and several players strayed too far onto the court.
In a memo sent to teams prior to the playoffs, the NBA used the Mavericks as an example of what not to do, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The NBA highlighted instances in which Theo Pinson, Tim Hardaway Jr., and other Mavericks players jumped around and stomped on the court in celebration in their “Points of Education” video. The relevant section of the video is shown below at 4:05.
The Dallas Mavericks organization has been fined $25,000 for violating league rules regarding team bench decorum, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations.
On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood away from Dallas’ team bench and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action in the Mavericks’ 129-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of their conference semifinals playoff series May 4 at Footprint Center.
According to Pinson, the Mavericks “try to do everything we can to help our teammates.” Their zeal and taunting of opponents is not by chance. Earlier this season, we saw how one NBA star was particularly bothered by the antics.
On Friday night, the Mavericks will host the Suns in Game 3. Phoenix leads the Western Conference semifinal series 2-0. Check out the official tweets from NBA below.
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