A FINE MESS:

The NBA fined eight players from the Hawks and Pistons a total of $6,750 for an altercation during a game last week. Bill Laimbeer of the Pistons was fined $2,000 for initiating the incident by bumping Dominique Wilkins to the floor with his hip and pushing him twice. Wilkins was fined $1,000 for charging Laimbeer.

Also fined for taking part in the altercation were Hawks Kevin Willis ($1,000) and Doc Rivers ($500) and Piston Vinnie Johnson ($750). Pistons William Bedford, James Edwards and John Salley were fined $500 each for leaving the bench area.

TIMBER-WOOFING:

All is not well in Minnesota. Timberwolves Gs Tony Campbell and Pooh Richardson spent substantial portions of Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers on the bench.

"I can play the game, so let me play," said Richardson, who played 21 minutes while reserve guard Scott Brooks played 27. "If you're not going to play me, then don't dress me. . . .

"I get no explanations from {Coach Bill Musselman}. Nobody tells me nothing. . . . I'm tired of keeping my mouth shut. . . . I want to win as much as anyone, but enough is enough."

Campbell also was upset. He corralled one of the owners in a hallway shortly after the game and spoke with him about Musselman for several minutes. Campbell sat for all of the second quarter Thursday and much of the fourth and scored 12 points.