NBA ‘doesn’t expect’ any Mavs-Nuggets punishment
DALLAS ” The NBA isn’t likely to punish anyone for the things that happened on and off the court in Games 3 and 4 of the Mavericks-Nuggets series.
“Don’t expect anything from those games,” league spokesman Tim Frank wrote in an e-mail Wednesday, about six hours before Game 5 tipped off in Denver.
Game 3 ended with a 3-pointer by Denver’s Carmelo Anthony after officials failed to call a foul on Dallas’ Antoine Wright, a decision the league announced was a mistake a few hours later. The disputed ending triggered a heated reaction after the buzzer, with Mavs forward Josh Howard being restrained and Dallas owner Mark Cuban expressing his frustrations, then making a comment to the mother of Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin.
In Game 4, Anthony received a technical foul for an open-handed swipe at Wright. As fans became frenzied, Martin ” who before the game vowed to handle matters with Cuban himself ” went to make sure his mother was OK. Anthony’s girlfriend later left her seats with security protection. After the game, Martin and Cuban exchanged words, then later Cuban posted on his blog an apology for the way Martin’s mother was treated.