Read it all hereDALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks returned to practice Wednesday with some good news from their training room and some bad news from the league office.
The NBA announced Wednesday that it was fining Dirk Nowitzki $15,000 and slapping him with a flagrant foul penalty two for a play against Memphis' Pau Gasol midway through the second quarter of Dallas' 102-76 victory Monday night that wrapped up a sweep of the first-round series.
Although only a personal foul was called at the time, the league reviewed the play and punished Nowitzki for "making unnecessary and excessive contact."
Nowitzki was called for a flagrant foul penalty one when he tried stopping Gasol on a drive with a minute left in overtime of Game 3. Replays clearly showed that he got the ball, an indication he wasn't merely going at Gasol, and the league has since rescinded it. That's important because flagrant points can add up to a suspension.
Not good news for Dirk Nowitzki. I think that guy has great potential and it shows how much they have progressed this season from beating Memphis easily. If you saw what happened, do you think that he deserves the fine?