The Nets' 112-108 loss in Game 4 on Saturday at a frantic Barclays Center was the boiling point of a testy series with the 76ers that has heated up more and more.
It included another flagrant foul by Joel Embiid and an altercation on the court that spilled out in the front row, leaving Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler ejected from the game and fined by the league.
Dudley was fined $ 25,000 by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the executive vice president of basketball operations for the league, for pushing Embiid in response to the 76ers' lack of center over Jarrett Allen with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter. Butler was fined $ 15,000 for escalating things further by pushing Dudley.
"Usually, KiKi calls you before I fine you," Dudley wrote, along with an emoji shrugging. "I hope the money goes to something for children or hospitals …"
The geniuses had been simmering for some time.
After Embiid threw a Flagrant 1 elbow at Allen's face in Game 2 that the Nets felt deserved a Flagrant 2 and expulsion – then he laughed with his partner Ben Simmons at the post-game press conference – the Nets offended
Embiid committed another flagrant 1 foul on Allen on Saturday, prompting Dudley to push him. Butler pushed Dudley in the back, and when Simmons tried to prevent Dudley from pursuing Embiid, both fell in the front row.
Dudley and Butler were expelled from the game, while Nets general manager Sean Marks gave Dudley the best of the five while escorting him off the court and down the hall.
Marks was suspended from a game without pay and was fined $ 25,000 on Sunday for entering the officials 'locker room following the Nets' loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Marks will miss Game 5 after a move designed not only to show displeasure with calls, but also to show Nets players that the main office had its back turned.