Tensions between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have been high throughout their first-round NBA playoff series, over everything from the back-and-forth between Ben Simmons and Jared Dudley to the missing posters for Simmons’ jump shot. Those tensions escalated further with some on-court shoving during the Sixers’ 112-108 win Saturday night, and that led to something surprising post-game. The NBA announced Sunday that Nets’ general manager Sean Marks has been fined $25,000 and suspended for the team’s next game after entering the officials’ locker room following the game:
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) April 21, 2019
Here’s a look at some of the on-court incidents Saturday:
We’ve seen some post-game incidents in the NBA before, from the Rockets-Clippers January 2018 clash that saw police involvement to the Suns’ Devin Booker and the Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng trying to fight in the tunnel after they were both ejected this January. But a GM entering the officials’ locker room is something else, and it’s understandable why that led to a fine and a suspension. It’s definitely rare to see a GM suspended for anything, though, and particularly so in the playoffs. Marks will serve that suspension when this series resumes Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
[Zach Lowe on Twitter]