Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis has been fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday after apparently visiting a club in LA after their first playoff win against the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to the league, Porzingis attended a club on Sunday night after their 113-106 Game 1 victory at Staples Center, which was Saturday night.
Per NBA Rules, Players are prohibited “from going into any bar, club, lounge or similar establishment, regardless of the player’s vaccination status.”
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Porzingis did play in the Mavericks 127-121 Game 2 victory to take a commanding 2-0 lead back to Dallas.
The league “determined that his attendance [at the club] did not create risks related to the spread of COVID-19.”
It is also worth noting that it is unclear whether or not Porzingis has received a COVID vaccine.
Kristaps Porzingis is coming off a regular season where he averaged 20.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
In Game 2 he was 8-12, 3-4 from three point range, with 20 points, three steals, and 2 blocks.
Game 3 is Friday at the American Airlines Center with the Mavs expecting more fans at home than there were at Staples Center.