Everyone knew it was coming and today it did.
Towards the end of Game 6, Steph Curry threw his mouthpiece into the crowd after being called for his sixth foul. Head Coach Steve Kerr, during the post-game press conference, blasted the refereeing:
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 [Irving] clean at one point. LeBron flops on the last one. [Referee] 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.
Well now both player and coach can get their checkbooks out because the League has fined them $25,000 a piece. In a statement the NBA said, “Curry has been fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands.” and “Kerr has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating during his press conference following the same game.”
Game 7 is Sunday night in Oakland.