The Nets, a game away from being eliminated by the Sixers, have not been shy about voicing their displeasure with the refereeing in the series.
After general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game and fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4, owner Joe Tsai expressed his support for Marks' actions.
My partners and I have spoken and the entire Nets ownership group support our GM Sean Marks for protesting the wrong calls and missed calls. NBA rules are rules and we respect that, but our players and fans expect things to be fair.— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) April 22, 2019
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Monday, the NBA fined Tsai $35,000 for public comments "detrimental to the NBA."
Tsai, the co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, owns 49 percent of the Nets.
Marks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, was "livid" that the Flagrant 1 fouls on Joel Embiid in Games 2 and 4 were not called Flagrant 2s, and wanted to send a message. Tsai wholeheartedly backed that message.
In the Last Two Minute Report from Game 4, the league said that the referees missed a foul by Tobias Harris on Jarrett Allen with 12 seconds remaining and the Nets looking to tie the game.
Nets players and executives have now been fined a total of $85,000 after Game 4 and its contentious aftermath (Jared Dudley - $25,000; Marks - $25,000; Tsai - $35,000). Jimmy Butler ($15,000) is the only Sixer to incur a fine from the league this series.
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