The Mavericks have again been fined by the NBA for a “bench decorum” infraction, this time to the tune of a cool $100K, the league has announced (Twitter link). Dallas has already been dinged for $25K and $50K earlier in these playoffs for the same offense.
Dallas players and a coach are being penalized for both leaving the team’s bench and disrupting on-court activities during the team’s 126-117 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors currently lead the Mavericks 2-0 in the series.
“On multiple occasions, several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks’ team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action” in the contest, per the league’s official statement.
The price for the penalty has doubled with each successive fine. As the series moves to Dallas tonight for Game 3, attendant referees might now be on high alert regarding the actions of the Mavericks bench during games.