As should have been expected, Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr have both been fined $25,000 by the NBA for letting their frustrations get the better of them during game six of the ongoing NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Golden State would lose the matchup 115-101 to tie the series 3-3 and force a game seven at the Oracle Arena on Sunday. The Warriors had a commanding 3-1 lead and letting it slip has clearly gotten to them.
Kerr, the league's Coach of the Year, was fined for publicly criticising officiating after the game. Kerr rather ridiculously insinuated that an MVP shouldn't be treated that way.
"Three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league," Kerr said in his game six postgame news conference.
Curry was fined for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands after fouling out of the game with 4:22 left. He became the first player ever to be ejected from an NBA Finals and it was also his first ejection of his career.
Kerr said he understood his player's frustrations and didn't agree with the calls.
"I'm happy he threw his mouthpiece," Kerr said postgame . "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. ... 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."
The Warriors now have to concentrate the winner-take-all clash on Sunday in Oakland.