Fans were surprised this morning to learn that Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks was suspended and fined for storming the Referee’s Locker Room after yesterday’s playoff game against Philadelphia. While we may not have been able to see what Marks did, we now have a clearer idea of what led up to it.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks and the team were frustrated with the foul calls on Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. They believed that Embiid’s flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2 and 4 should have been a 2 instead.
Wojnarokwski went on to state that Marks decision to enter the Referee’s Locker Room was a meant to be a message to the team, more so than the league or even the referees.
Marks will serve his suspension in Game 5, which takes place on Tuesday, April 23. He was also fined $25,000 by the league.
The Nets went on to lose the game, 112-108.
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
The implication seems to be that Marks was attempting to galvanize the players and the fans moving forward, likely with full knowledge that he would be punished for his actions.
Brooklyn is competing in the playoffs for the first time since 2015 and won Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Unfortunately for the Nets, their loss to Philadelphia on Saturday capped off a three-game losing streak that has them on the cusp of elimination.