Mavericks fined $ 50,000 for violating NBA “bench decor” rules in Game 7 victory
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Wednesday, the NBA announced the Mavericks were fined $ 50,000 for violating the league rules relating to the team’s “bench decor” during their 123-90 win in Game 7 about the Phoenix Suns in the conference semifinals.
“On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff have stayed for a long time in the Mavericks team bench area, strayed off the team bench and were on the pitch or invaded the playing field during the match. gaming action … May 15 at the Footprint Center “, reads the note.
The Mavericks had previously been fined $ 25,000 for their bench antics during a defeat to the Suns in Game 2 of the series.
“The Dallas fine amount also reflects previous infractions of the team’s bench decor rules in the 2022 NBA playoffs,” the league said.
Jason Kidd discussed the $ 25,000 fine on May 6, saying the league was “worried about the wrong thing.”
“I didn’t know we were found, but it’s great,” Kidd told reporters. “You know, the league is worried about the wrong thing. There are millionaires cheering on other millionaires. It doesn’t happen in this club. And the excitement of the game, for a teammate cheering on another teammate. team, it’s special. “
The Mavericks had reason to celebrate after their shocking victory over the heavily favored Suns in Game 7, which sent the team to the conference finals for the first time in more than a decade. The outbreak of victory also occurred on the home field of the Suns.
The last time Dallas made it this far in the playoffs was in 2011 when they ended up defeating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Now, the Mavericks, led by Luka Doncic, are hoping to return to the final.
In the Dallas path there are the Golden State Warriorsa team that has won three NBA championships since 2015.
Match 1 of the conference finals began Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET. The Warriors lead 28-18 at the start of the second quarter.