Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for throwing ball into stands

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Because Jamal Murray shot late in the Nuggets’ already-secure win over the Celtics in attempt to score 50 points last night, Kyrie Irving chucked the ball into the stands after the game.

Irving has a right to show his sensitivity by admonishing – “the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls— move like that” – rather than actually defending Murray. But the NBA has hard rules about launching the ball into the stands, even after the final buzzer.

NBA release:

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for throwing the basketball into the spectator stands, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

This must be one of the easiest fines the NBA ever levied. Irving crossed one bright line and didn’t come close to any others.