Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr have each been fined $25,000 for separate incidents stemming from Thursday’s Game Six of the NBA Finals, the league announced on Friday.
Curry was automatically ejected for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter of game 6 of the NBA Finals after being called for his disqualifying sixth foul. The mouthpiece inadvertently hit a fan who was sitting court side, and Curry was ejected from the game. It turns out, the mouthpiece hit the son of one of the Cavaliers’ minority owners, who was sitting in the front row.
“Yeah, I’ve thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer’s table,” Curry said after the game. “I was off-aim.”
“I definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan, but it happened,” he said. “I went over and apologized to him because that’s obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out. But the last two fouls I had I thought were — I didn’t think I fouled either Kyrie [Irving] or LeBron. That’s just kind of my perception of the plays and I had a reaction to it.”
Curry wasn’t the only one who was frustrated by fouling out. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was quite critical of officials in his postgame news conference, calling three of Curry’s six fouls “ridiculous.” Kerr’s fine is the same amount as the one Cavs coach Tyronn Lue received earlier in the series after he criticized officials.
The Golden State Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday for game 7 of the NBA Finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.