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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 27: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat shakes hands with head coach Erik Spoelstra late in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

  • During Game 6, social media was quick to point out how players on the Miami Heat’s bench were getting themselves involved in the on-court action. Apparently, the NBA took notice as well.

    Saturday, the league fined the team $25,000 for “violating league rules regarding team bench decorum.”

    “On multiple occasions, several players stood for an extended period in Miami’s team bench area, stood away from the team bench, and were on, encroaching upon or entering the playing court during live game action in the Heat’s 111-103 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 27 at TD Garden,” the release from the league reads.

    Perhaps the most notable example of this came late in the fourth quarter. Kyle Lowry, who had fouled out of the game, was standing near the Miami Heat coaches and appears to lean over the out of bounds line as Al Horford shoots a corner three pointer.

  • There was another example involving a Marcus Smart corner three. Multiple Heat players can be seen with their feet on the court as Smart prepares to shoot.

  • Even head coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t an exception. At one point late in the first half, he comes multiple steps onto the court to adjust a player’s positioning during a play.

  • Even added up, all of these incidents may not have impacted the final outcome of the game. Still, it was enough to draw attention from the league. Now the question is, with the season on the line, will the Heat continue to make their presence felt on the sideline in Game 7 in Miami?

    It will be an 8:30 tip-off from FTX Arena Sunday night. Pregame coverage begins at 8 on 98.5 The Sports Hub and the 98.5 The Sports Hub Celtics Radio Network.