CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry lost it.
He had been frustrated with the officiating all night long and when he got called for a late foul on LeBron James — Warriors coach Steve Kerr said LeBron flopped on the play — he lost all poise. In frustration, he threw his mouthpiece, which hit a fan.
“I’ve thrown my mouthpiece before,” Curry said after the game. “I usually aim at the scorer’s table. I was off aim. I definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan, but it happened. I went over and apologized to him because that’s obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out.”
There’s a lot of precedents here, Curry will get a fine from the league. Earlier last season, the Clippers’ Austin Rivers threw a seat cushion into the crowd and hit a fan, he got a $25,000 fine. A couple years ago, Enes Kanter threw his mouthpiece into the stands and hit a fan, he got a $25,000 fine.
Some on social media — Cavs fans? — have tried to suggest a suspension is in order, but that has only happened when a mouthpiece was thrown at an official (Udonis Haslem did that a few years back). That’s not what happened here. Curry will get a fine and that will be it.
He will be playing in Game 7, which is Sunday after the Cavaliers comfortably handled the Warriors on Thursday night in Cleveland.
“I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece,” Kerr said as part of a rant on officials postgame that will bring him a fine, too. “He should be upset. Look, it’s The Finals and everybody’s competing out there. There’s 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.”