NBA Hands Down Another Fine For Dallas Mavericks

The NBA announced in an official statement that it has fined the Dallas Mavericks $100,000 "for continuing to violate league rules regarding team bench decorum." This is the third such fine for the Mavericks in these 2022 NBA playoffs.

The Mavs are now up to $175,000 in fines this postseason. The first infraction, worth $25,000, came in Game 2 of Dallas' previous series versus the Phoenix Suns. The second came in their Game 7 demolition of Phoenix just last Sunday. 

Several Mavericks players and staff could be seen standing on the sidelines throughout the course of the game last Friday. In the play below, you could see Warriors star Stephen Curry get distracted by one of the Dallas players, which forced him to commit a turnover in the process.

There's nothing wrong with the Mavericks bringing extra enthusiasm on the bench for their teammates. But the league must do what it needs to settle them down if it's proving to be a distraction to the players on the court.

Nonetheless, it's worth noting that all three instances came on the road for the Mavs. The Western Conference Finals shifts to Dallas for Games 3 and 4 in front of a raucous American Airlines Center crowd. 

With that said, the Dallas bench won't need to provide that added energy on the bench to rile up the Mavericks players on the court. Luka Doncic and company will look to avoid going down a 3-0 hole in the West Finals.

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