DALLAS — The Mavericks have been fined $100,000 for “continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced Sunday.
This is the third time the Mavericks have been fined for violating bench decorum in the playoffs. Fines totaled $175,000, doubling each time.
The league office statement cites several times during the Mavs’ Game 2 loss to the Golden State Warriors that “several players and a member of the coaching staff were in the bench area for an extended period of time. the Mavericks team, stood clear of the bench team, and were on or encroaching on the field of play during game action.”
The Mavs were fined for similar infractions after a Game 2 loss and Game 7 win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Mavs made it clear at the time that they had no intention of dampening the enthusiasm of two-way player Theo Pinson, injured guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and the rest of the bench.
“The league is worried about the wrong thing,” Kidd said after the first fine was imposed. “You have millionaires cheering on other millionaires. That doesn’t happen in this society. And the excitement of the game, for one teammate cheering on another teammate, is special. And I think sometimes we focus on the bad thing. And so when you look at people making a lot of money cheering on their teammates or their employees, that’s the sport. And so for us to have a fine, that’s cool. It goes to another good cause, charity. But again, we’re looking at the wrong thing.”
On one occasion in Game 2, the Mavs’ reserves being on their feet impacted the game. The Warriors had a turnaround when Stephen Curry mistakenly passed the ball to Pinson, 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 Saturday. “I don’t mind. I like that the Dallas bench is energetic and talks trash and into it. I think that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see a team that cares about him and they want to see energy and chemistry. So I love that, but when it interferes with the game, that’s where it crosses the line.
“So that’s the only thing that concerns me, if there’s a game that… if there’s a person on the pitch, a person standing who calls the ball, it’s a bit much. But otherwise, I really enjoy it. I think it’s great.