As it turns out, Kenyon Martin’s hard, playoff foul on Dirk Nowitzki was a bit more than that; the league upgraded Martin’s foul to a flagrant one and assessed him a $25,000 fine. My response: mmhmm.
From Marc Stein:
It’s believed that Martin’s history of hard fouls — compared to Boston’s Rajon Rondo, who escaped punishment for high-profile fouls in the Celtics’ first-round series with Chicago — led to a fine in addition to the reclassification of the foul.
“I voiced our opinion [to the league] that we believe the fine was excessive,” Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said Monday night. “With regard to other incidents that have taken place in these playoffs and some of those actions not [resulting in] a fine, we feel that fining K-Mart for this is a bit excessive and inconsistent.
“But we’re going to accept it and move on. I think that Dirk was off balance as he often is — and he’s one of the best actors in the game, too — but that’s part of the game.”