Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr Each Fined $25K After Warriors’ Game 6 Loss.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and head coach Steve Kerr have each been fined $25,000 by the NBA for their actions during Thursday night’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Curry has been fined for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands and hitting a fan. The incident resulted in a technical foul and his ejection from the game.
Kerr’s fine was due to his public criticism of the officiating during the press conference following the game when Kerr stood up for Curry’s actions.
“He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said. “As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals. I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 115-101 to even this unpredictable series and force a decisive Game 7.
The teams are now heading back to Oakland for Game 7 on Sunday.
Steve Kerr at the press conference:
Well, that had nothing to do with the outcome. The outcome was decided. But he had every right to be upset. He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous. He steals the ball from Kyrie clean at one point. LeBron flops on the last one. Jason Phillips falls for that, for a flop. As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals.
Let me be clear, we did not lose because of the officiating. They totally outplayed us and Cleveland deserved to win. But those three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league.
Q. So are you okay with him throwing his mouthpiece? Steve Kerr:
Yeah, I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece. He should be upset. Look, it’s The Finals and everybody’s competing out there. There are fouls on every play. It’s a physical game. I just think that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the way we run our offense, we’re running, we’re cutting through the lane, we’re a rhythm offense. If they’re going to let Cleveland grab and hold these guys constantly on their cuts and then you’re going to call these ticky-tack fouls on the MVP of the league to foul him out, I don’t agree with that.