It all started when David Fizdale showed that hell hath no fury like a head coach scorned.
Last week, the Memphis Grizzlies mentor unleashed a quote-filled rant about the poor officiating in their Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. His statements—mainly regarding the discrepancy in free throws—during the post-game press conference didn't escape the league's watchful eyes and resulted in a $30,000 fine.
While his players had settled to pitch in for their outspoken coach, penalizing Fizdale may have set off a series of untoward incidents on and off the court that warranted monetary damages. That, or commissioner Adam Silver has been taking cues from his PBA counterpart.
The 2017 NBA Playoffs have already seen a number of players meted with five-figure sanctions, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon. Let's just hope that these won't get in the way of what is shaping up to be a terrific postseason.
Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics): $25K
Known for his boundless hustle and legendary flopping, Smart was caught giving the finger to someone in the stands during Game 2 of their first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. Although the Celtics guard won't be the only one whose punishment involved a fan...
Following a Game 2 defeat against the Houston Rockets, Mr. Triple-Double didn't take too kindly to a reporter's question about his historic stat line, which prompted him to fire back with an expletive. Unfortunately, officials felt the same way about his "inappropriate language."
Kelly Oubre (Washington Wizards): $25K
Someone tell the sophomore wingman that he is playing basketball and not football. Kicking the ball into stands at the end of their Game 2 win versus the Atlanta Hawks isn't worth the 25 grand, really. The trash talk between WSH's Markieff Morris and ATL's Paul Millsap is amusing enough.
Rajon Rondo (Chicago Bulls): $25K
Seriously, Rondo isn't fooling anyone with his response to allegations of trying to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder in Game 3: "When you turn an ACL, your leg gets stiff on you [stretch] once in a while." Nice try, man.
Patrick Beverley (Houston Rockets): $25K
The feisty guard was involved in a verbal altercation with an opposing fan, who was reportedly the son of an OKC minority owner, during Game 3. Beverley is no stranger to run-ins with Thunder fans; in 2013, he got an actual death threat from a ball boy after an injury to Westbrook.