The NBA has penalized the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this postseason. The Mavericks were fined $50,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for breaking the rules surrounding team bench etiquette. This is the second time Dallas has been fined for this.
The most recent occurrence, according to Byron Spruell, president of league operations, occurred during the Mavericks’ 123-90 Game 7 triumph against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals. Jason Kidd, the Mavericks’ head coach, is unsure why the league imposed the fine.
“I know about the fine,” Kidd said before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. “I’m just trying to figure out what we did wrong to get the fine–we’ll see tomorrow and then who complained. It was a blowout, so I don’t think the fans were complaining.”
The NBA cites Mavericks players and coaching staff standing for long periods of time in the bench area, away from the team bench and intruding on the playing court has been said to be the reason for this fine.