Few series’ in this year’s NBA playoffs have had as much drama as the one between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers – most of which has come off the court. The series took yet another strange turn on Sunday with the announcement of a punishment for the Nets’ general manager, Sean Marks.
In a statement by the NBA on Sunday, the league announced that Marks would be suspended one game and fined $25,000 for entering the Referee Locker Room after last night’s game.
Marks will serve the suspension in Game 5 when the 76ers host the Nets in Philadelphia.
The Nets narrowly lost on Saturday afternoon, 112-108, giving the 76ers a 3-1 series edge in Brooklyn’s first playoff appearance since 2015. They blew a 63-57 halftime lead, and led by as many as 10 points during the game.
The game was not without added controversy, with controversial fouls and even a third-quarter scrum highlighting the game.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) April 21, 2019
It’s unknown which particular incidents on the court may have led to Marks storming the referee lockers.
Brooklyn won Game 1 of the series at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, but followed that up with three straight losses.
The series has been highly contentious on-and-off the court, with both sides digging at each other extensively.