It was all good just a week ago in Brooklyn.
The Nets had stunned the Philadelphia 76ers with a 111-102 Game 1 victory and had somehow made Jared Dudley the face of frustration for Philly.
Four games later the Nets are down 3-1 in the series, Dudley is being trolled by the Sixers as a “nobody” and now this: Nets general manager Sean Marks has been fined $25,000 and suspended one game for barging into the referee locker room after tensions boiled over in Game 4.
Nets GM Sean Marks suspended, fined for entering referees locker room pic.twitter.com/sI9ypW0q7c
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) April 21, 2019
The one-game suspension seems more symbolic than anything here — what can Marks do from the owner’s box that he can’t already do away from the arena? — but the point remains that the NBA isn’t going to tolerate players or team leaders going after the officials. Especially in the playoffs.
Sources: Nets and GM Sean Marks were livid over belief Embiid’s flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2/4 should’ve been deemed a 2. More than message to league with ref challenge, Marks intended to message his team on how franchise is determined to support way they're competing in series.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 21, 2019
Brooklyn has a lot to feel good about this season. If the way things are trending heading into Game 5 are any indication, the way the season ends won’t be one of the reasons to smile when the Nets look back on the year.
That being said, a rivalry between Brooklyn and Philly carrying over to next season wouldn’t be the worst outcome here.
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