Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has been suspended one game without pay and fined $25,000 for entering the officials’ locker room after Saturday’s Game 4 of the first-round series with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Marks will serve the suspension on Tuesday when the Nets visit the 76ers in Game 5.
The announcement by Byron Spruell, president of NBA league operations, didn’t divulge what occurred after Marks entered the room following Brooklyn’s 112-108 loss. But the contest was emotionally charged and included a ruckus in which Jared Dudley of the Nets and Jimmy Butler of the 76ers were ejected.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was upset following the contest that there wasn’t a call on Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris for grabbing Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen with 4.8 seconds left in regulation as his club looked for a tying or winning shot while trailing by two.
“There was a clear wrap by Tobias Harris on the roll,” Atkinson said in the postgame press conference, pointing out the league cited an emphasis on such fouls were to be called. “How that all of a sudden does not become a foul on a wrap, I just don’t understand. I looked at the clip 10 times, it’s a clear wrap.”
On Sunday, the NBA agreed with Atkinson’s contention, acknowledging that Harris should have been called for fouling Allen.
The league’s Last Two Minute Report also said Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie should have been called for a carry. Brooklyn finished that possession with a 3-pointer by D’Angelo Russell, after Dinwiddie missed a layup and Allen grabbed an offensive rebound.
The league also announced fines of $25,000 for Dudley and $15,000 for Butler for their roles in escalating the third-quarter fracas, which spilled into the stands.
Philadelphia leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1.