Dallas Mavericks fined $750K for throwing elimination game

He dallas mavericks he went from the Western Conference Finals to being fined for punting in the postseason in less than a year. As a result of a decision to sit key boys and play Luka Dončić only a quarter in essentially an elimination game against the Chicago Bulls on April 7, cuban mark‘s pockets are going to be $750,000 lighter after the NBA considered the move. “conduct detrimental to the league.”

“The Mavericks violated the league’s player rest policy and demonstrated through actions and public statements the organization’s desire to forfeit the game to improve the chances of keeping their first-round pick in the NBA Draft. 2023,” an NBA statement read.

“The league did not find that the players who participated in the game were not playing to win.”

Confusing double negative aside, the penalty adds insult to ineptitude and is the perfect summary of the effort Dallas displayed throughout the 2022-23 season. I wish more sports leagues would penalize franchises for woefully underperforming. While I know the 38-44 record wasn’t technically the reason they got a ticket for missing, the pundits were bailing out the Mavs even before they traded everyone who plays defense on their roster for Kyrie Irving.

nba Executive vice president Joe Dumars said the Mavericks “failed our fans and our league.”

“The Dallas Mavericks’ decision to restrict the full participation of key players in an elimination game last Friday against Chicago undermined the integrity of our sport,” he added.

That sounds bland, but if you know Dumars, he might as well have said he wants rip out their hearts, eat their children, praise Allah. Three quarters of a million dollars Well it was such a complicated decision that I’m surprised Adam Silver didn’t mention it in the press release.

These play-in games have added an extra wrinkle to franchises trying to move on to Draft Loteria There’s no longer a bunch of embarrassment throwing games once the schedule changes, and I enjoy that it led to a scenario where the league punished a team for blatantly losing games to compete for a draft position.

I personally feel seen by this, and if you had told me when Dallas acquired irving that the Mavs season was going to end with a fine for skipping the playoffs, he would have added a chef kiss emoji in the mentions.

Over the past week, Dončić has come out and said: “I am happy here”. Irving refused to participate in the club’s exit interview with the media, which is on the mark and should be an indication that if he is re-signed, it should be a re-sign and trade. And I haven’t even mentioned jason kiddwho retired once he lost his locker room sometime over Christmas, but who general manager Nico Harrison told “He’s our coach.”

Even though any Mavs postseason run probably would have ended Friday if they hadn’t qualified earlier, there’s something to be he said about showing some fucking spine. Go out swinging, not sitting down.

Speaking of dating…

The Bulls gave the Miami Heat a run for their culture, coming up short on offense late in a 102-91 loss. Now, jimmy butler he comes to Milwaukee, his shoes full of studs, and he tries to lead his team to one, maybe two wins against the Bucks.

In the West, rudy goberto returned for Minnesota, as did Anthony Edwards’ loot and shot, and the timber wolves sent on Thunder return to oklahoma city with some quasi-playoff experience. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 as Wolves won 120-95.

They are waiting for you denver nuggets, and I’m very excited to see the basketball IQ juxtaposition between KAT and Nikola Jokić over the next four or… four games. I will love it when a league adds a bunch of playoff spots only for playful 9 and 10 seeds to still be sent out fishing.

Oh good. The real action starts today with a quad header, and I’m fucking excited for no-load management basketball.

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