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Steve Kerr addresses the approaching Mavericks bench players to the field

Steve Kerr addresses the approaching Mavericks bench players to the field

The NBA attempted to send two messages to the Dallas Mavericks during the 2022 NBA Playoffs about the “fitness” of their players who are not currently in a game: Stop standing off the bench and stop trespassing on the field.

Those letters came in the form of two separate fines. One for $25,000 on May 6 After losing in Game 2 to the Phoenix Suns and The second is $50,000 On May 18, after Dallas’ win at Game 7 over The Suns.

The Mavericks are apparently not heeding those warnings as the issue appears to have surfaced once again in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

During the Warriors’ Game 2 win Friday night at Chase Center, there were a few instances where Mavericks players might have been standing near the field.

During the second half, Steve Curry was trying to pass the ball into the corner, but he threw it in the direction of injured Mavericks player Tim Hardaway Jr., who was wearing a white shirt. It is conceivable that Curry believed that Hardaway was a white-shirted teammate.

Later, Jordan Bull tried to put a triple pointer in front of the Mavericks bench and almost fell on the feet of the players standing on the sideline.

Then there’s Mavericks owner Marc Cuban, who made himself part of the team bench and was inches from the field during Game Two.

With the game’s second-round series moving to Dallas for Game Three on Sunday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about the topic on Saturday.

“I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t interfere with the game,” Kerr told reporters in a video conference. “I don’t mind it. I love the fact that the Dallas seat is so lively and trash-talking and in. I think that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see a team that cares and they want to see energy and chemistry..so I love it, but when it goes against the game, then it’s over the line. .

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“So I think that’s the only thing that matters to me, if there’s a play…if there’s someone on the field, someone standing up calling the ball, that’s a lot. But other than that, I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s cool.”

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Cuban doesn’t usually worry about the NBA fining him or his team, so he probably wouldn’t be bothered if the league slapped a third fine on the Mavericks during the conference finals.

If this becomes an issue over the next two games at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the league may have to escalate the penalty.

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