On Sunday, the NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks were fined $100,000 for repeated violations of league rules regarding bench decorum.
According to the league, 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 Mavs’ 126-117 loss to Warriors in Game 2.
This was the third time Dallas has been fined for breaking the rules regarding bench decorum in these playoffs.
Before Game 3 against the Warriors, Mavs head Jason Kidd responded to the fine.
“It’s the league’s decision to fine, but we’re not going to sit,” Kidd said. “We’re going to cheer. If that’s, I think a positive is that the bench can look at it as they’re donating to a nice charity, which is rare. So that’s cool, right, that money goes to a charity. So for standing, if we get fined, it goes to charity. So it’s a positive. Someone wins.”
It should be interesting to see what the Mavs’ bench does in Game 4 and for the rest of this series. However, based on what we have seen in the playoffs, the league will react if the Mavs’ bench gets out of line.
In total, Dallas has been fined $175,000 for bench violations in these playoffs.