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2 Heat Veterans in Hot Water Amid $25,000 ‘Bank Decorum’ Fine

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While Jimmy Butler’s outstanding performance undoubtedly propelled the Miami Heat’s 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6, the entire team, even those players who didn’t take to the pitch at TD Garden, were given credit for making the Keeping the team’s postseason alive.

Heat star Bam Adebayo praised the team’s bench players during his post-game conference on Friday, May 27. “Like I told everyone in the locker room, Markieff Morris was the MVP of the game,” Adebayo said. “Just his energy across the bank. Him, [Udonis Haslem], [Dewayne] Dedmon, everyone was part of this victory.”

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However, the Heat’s bench was perhaps a bit too complicated. On Saturday, May 28, the NBA slapped the franchise with a $25,000 fine for “violating the league rules regarding team bench etiquette,” the official statement said.

“On several occasions, multiple players stood in the Miami team bench area for extended periods of time, stood off the team bench and were on the field during live play in the Heat’s 111-103 win over Boston, or stepped onto the field for the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at TD Garden,” the NBA concluded.

While benchers from both the Celtics and Heat stood and crowded the court in Game 6, videos of Kyle Lowry and Morris in particular went viral on Twitter for being the most problematic.

While Morris spent the entire Game 6 on the bench, Lowry turned up the energy on the touchline after fouling in the fourth quarter. Before leaving the game, the six-time All-Star, who is playing through a hamstring injury, had 18 points with 10 assists, four rebounds, a steal and a block.

Reporters from Boston were particularly upset by the Heat veterans’ antics. Celtics beat reporter Taylor Snow tweeted posted a video of Boston’s Marcus Smart making contact with Morris’ chest while attempting to shoot a three, writing: “When you pull a contact from a player on the court and on the bench and still make the 3 , I would say that should be a 5 point game.”

As for Lowry, the 36-year-old point guard was also in trouble for standing too close to Al Horford while the Celtics center tried to shoot.

MassLive reporter Brian Robb was particularly outraged by what he called “two egregious incidents in the second half” involving Lowry and Morris. For Robb, the NBA’s $25.00 fine wasn’t enough, recalling how the Dallas Mavericks were fined three times for the same type of violation during their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

“Between the Mavs and Heat this postseason, the NBA really needs to look at increasing fines or penalties for violations of the banking rules,” Robb said tweeted. “A five-figure fine is a simple price to pay for an owner in exchange for his bench having a chance to illegally hit corner 3 in a tight game.”

“I would even consider allowing the NBA to have someone review these types of plays by Seacacus in real time during the postseason,” Robb continued in one follow up tweet. “If it’s egregious (players or coaches on the pitch nearby during a shot attempt), give the team a technical note at the next stoppage.”

Numerous Heat fans fought back against the hatred of the Celtics media. “Boston will not be fined??? They literally do the same shit,” tweeted one man, while another person posted a picture book shows Boston bench players standing on the court while the ball was in play.

This Eastern Conference Finals series has been so unpredictable that it’s hard to predict how Game 7 will play out, but it’s safe to assume the Heat’s bench will be under close scrutiny.

Game 7 brings the series back to the FTX Arena, which should give the Heat a slight advantage. According to Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang, Miami holds a 6-2 record at home in Game 7.

The Celtics vs. Heat series finals will take place on Sunday, May 29 at 8:30pm ET and will be streamed live on ESPN.

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Game 7 brings the series back to the FTX Arena, which should give the Heat a slight advantage. According to Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang, Miami holds a 6-2 record at home in Game 7.

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