The NBA is handing a $25,000 fine against the Miami Heat due to its bench decorum violations on their Game 6 match against the Boston Celtics last Friday.
Per the league’s statement: “On multiple occasions, several players stood for an extended period in Miami’s team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on, encroaching upon or entering the playing court during live game action in the Heat’s 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at TD Garden.”
Video clips have surfaced in social media which show some Heat players crossing out of their bench. One scenario shows Kyle Lowry disrupting Al Horford in a three-point attempt during the game’s dying minutes.
This punishment serves as the fourth one that the Heat have received in this 2022 playoffs.
Both the Celtics and the Heat are now ramping up for their do-or-die Game 7 showdown this Sunday back in South Beach. The winner will represent the East to face the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.