May 5 2009, 10:07 AM
The National Basketball Association slapped Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin with a $25,000 fine yesterday for knocking the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk NowitzkiÂ to the ground during Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs. The "flagrant" foul puts one point in Martin's playoff "account," according toÂ ESPN, which writes that Martin will be suspended if he surpasses three points. Nuggets coach George Karl applauded Martin's foul before the ruling, saying Martin's play looked "good on film," adding about Nowitzki , "I think we did a hell of a job of not fouling him." Game 2 is tonight, and asÂ NBA.comÂ reports, "the Mavericks know they can't match the level of physical play" of a team that's "younger and more athletic."