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Porzingis Fined $50K for Violating NBA's COVID-19 Rules

The league says Porzingis will not have to quarantine

Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the Dallas Mavericks drives to the basket against the LA Clippers during Round 1, Game 1 of the the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
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The NBA fined the Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis $50,000 dollars Tuesday for violating the league's COVID-19 rules, officials say.

Porzingis violated a rule that prohibits players from going to a "bar, club, lounge or similar establishment" regardless of if they've received the COVID-19 vaccine, President of League Operations Byron Spruell said.

The league said Porzingis violated the rule when he went to a club on Sunday.

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The Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoffs series Saturday. Porzingis scored 14 points on 4-13 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 36 minutes.

The team had days off Sunday and Monday. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

The NBA said it determined that Porzingis did not do anything that would risk the spread of COVID-19, so he would not have to quarantine.

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