Mavericks fined again for bench decorum against Warriors in Game 2

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks were fined for violating the NBA’s bench decorum rules during Game 2 against the Warriors, the league announced on Sunday. The Mavericks bench was cited for times when “several players and a member of the coaching staff stood for an extended period in the Mavericks’ team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on or encroaching upon the playing court,” according to the league statement. It became an issue a handful of times, primarily when Steph Curry accidentally passed to injured Mavericks player Tim Hardaway Jr., thinking he was a teammate. Hardaway was close to the game action and waring a white shirt, similar to the Warriors’ home white jerseys. Coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t have a problem with the Dallas bench’s energy, and that bad pass to Haradway on the bench was the only instance in which their bench decorum became an issue. “That’s the only time it was an issue, I really didn’t have any problem or I don’t have any problem. In fact, I really loved the energy their bench showed, I think…

NBA sends officials averaging fewest fouls called of playoffs to work Warriors-Mavericks Game 3

The NBA is sending in one of their most experienced referees to lead the trio officiating Game 3 of the Warriors-Mavericks series. And it could mean a game that has far fewer whistles than Game 2, when TNT’s Charles Barkley declared the first half was “the worst half of officiating I’ve ever seen in the history of the NBA.” As the Western Conference finals shift to Dallas, the league assigned Marc Davis as the crew chief, Josh Tiven as the referee and Tyler Ford as the umpire for Sunday night’s 6 p.m. game. Davis is in his 24th season as an NBA official and has become a go-to for the league this postseason, with Sunday’s assignment his eighth playoff game as a crew chief and 10th playoff game total. He’s also worked several Warriors games in this postseason — most recently Game 4 of the Memphis series – and in past postseasons, including two games in the 2019 NBA Finals. A staple of Davis’ games so far this postseason has been how infrequently he’s called fouls. According to the website NBA Stuffer, which tracks referee…

A’s attendance woes reaching historic, embarrassing stage

Those expansive, dark green tarps covering Mount Davis at the Coliseum do more than pay homage to the A’s glory days. They help hide part of the most unflattering story during the team’s five-plus decades in Oakland. Besides displaying the names and numbers of the A’s greatest players, the tarps exist to provide permanent cover for thousands of the ballpark’s empty seats. But it would take a lot more of that vinyl mesh to mask the A’s current crisis-level attendance problems. There’s no secret why people aren’t showing up to their aging, dilapidated home. It’s A’s ownership dismantling a playoff-caliber roster in the name of future sustainability, while drastically raising season ticket prices amid an ongoing threat to move to Las Vegas, if it can’t get a new stadium at the Port of Oakland. To A’s fans, that’s three strikes — and all but the team’s most imperturbable followers are out. It’s been so bad in Oakland that former team executive Andy Dolich found himself compelled to see firsthand what’s happened to the franchise he once helped transform from one with 326 season ticket holders…

The hottest rivalry in the NBA right now might be Charles Barkley vs. Warriors fans

DALLAS — The Warriors built rivalries throughout these dynastic years that will go down in NBA history. Along the road to championships, the Warriors slayed LeBron James’ Cavaliers, Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers and James Harden’s Houston Rockets, to name a few. Their latest rivalry, though, is a bit more unorthodox. It has developed off the court, on “Inside the NBA” pre and postgame show sets and outside of Chase Center. Charles Barkley’s feud with Warriors fans has become the NBA’s best rivalry in these playoffs so far. And there are plenty of chapters to the rivalry already. Barkley, an outspoken critic of the Warriors’ style through the years, wasted no time instigating after the Mavericks beat Phoenix in Game 7, setting up a Golden State-Dallas matchup in the Western Conference finals. Barkley lamented a trip to San Francisco, calling the city “hell.” He also picked the Mavericks — who have won their first playoff series since 2011 — to beat the Warriors. “The Mavs are going to be better at small ball because Luka (Dončić), no one can handle that guy one-on-one,” Barkley said…