The Dallas Mavericks have been fined by the NBA for the third time this postseason for “continuing to violate the league rules regarding team bench decorum,” the NBA announced on Sunday.
The latest fine is for $100,000 which the NBA cited, “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 Dallas’ 126-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors.”
The team’s fines have now totaled $175,000.
The Mavericks were also fined for similar reasons following Games 2 and 7 against the Phoenix Suns.
At one point during Friday’s game, Warriors guard Steph Curry passed the ball into the Mavericks bench toward Theo Pinson, who was standing and wearing a white shirt — the same color as Golden State’s uniform.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he does not mind the enthusiasm coming from the Mavs’ bench so long as it does not interfere with the game.
“I don’t mind it,” Kerr said on Saturday, per ESPN. “I love the fact that Dallas’ bench is energetic and talking trash and into it. I thinkt hat’s what fans want to see. They want to see a team that cares…but when it interferes with the game, that’s when it crosses the line.”
After the team’s first infraction against the Suns, Mavs head coach Jason Kidd said the NBA was “worried about the wrong thing.
“You have millionaires cheering on other millionaires,” Kidd said. “Doesn’t happen in society. And the enthusiasm of the game, for a teammate to cheer on another teammate. Is special. And I think sometimes we’re focused on the wrong thing.”