Mavericks Fined $25K for Violating NBA Rules Regarding Bench Behavior

Erin WalshMay 6, 2022

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 04: (L-R) Reggie Bullock #25, Luka Doncic #77, Dwight Powell #7 and Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks react on the bench during the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 04, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Mavericks 129-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The NBA announced Friday that it has fined the Dallas Mavericks $25,000 for violating the league's rules regarding bench behavior. 

The league noted that "on multiple occasions" a number of Dallas players and a member of the coaching staff were "on or encroaching upon the playing court during game action" in the Mavericks' 129-109 road defeat to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Theo Pinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. are among the players who have been a little rowdy when cheering on their teammates during the 2022 postseason. Hardaway told ESPN's Tim MacMahon that their job is to be "energy-givers." 

Pinson added that the bench "probably" does "more s--t talking than coaching." That was on full display when the bench mocked Utah Jazz veteran Rudy Gobert after he missed a free throw during their first-round series. 

"We just try to do everything we can to help our teammates," Pinson told MacMahon. "We just want to give ourselves an advantage. We're causing a problem for the other team, just mentally. I don't see other teams doing what we do."

Before the playoffs began, the NBA included the Mavericks in a Points of Education video sent to teams, according to MacMahon. The video showed an instance of the Dallas bench doing exactly what it was fined for—violating "bench decorum guidelines." 

In the video, a number of players, including Pinson and Hardaway, were seen jumping on the court to celebrate a Reggie Bullock blocked shot in a road victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in March. 

The Mavericks are down 2-0 to the Suns in their second-round series. Game 3 is scheduled for Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.