The early going of the Golden State Warriors’ title defense hasn’t gone how they likely imagined it. That might explain why their two biggest stars, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, lost their cool during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
With the Dubs trailing by 10 in the final minute, Curry drove in for a layup, challenged by Mike Conley. When Curry came down, he removed his mouthguard and hurled it, calling for a foul call and earning an ejection.
Arguing for his teammate, Durant was tossed seconds later.
Replays show Curry didn’t have much of a case—it looks like Conley’s hand made minimal contact with Curry’s, which was on the ball; when the ball is in someone’s hand, that hand is fair game for a defender.
The Warriors fell to the Grizzlies 111-101. They were unable to stop three-time All-Star Marc Gasol, who ate the Dubs’ undersized defenders en route to a 34-point night.
The Warriors sit at 1-2.
They turned to sarcasm to deflect questions after the contest.
Steve Kerr sarcastically on Curry’s mouth guard throw: “Should be suspended 10 games…endangered thousands of people.” pic.twitter.com/ncKEh9jAoD
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 22, 2017
“We had two guys get ejected, which was unacceptable,” joked Draymond Green, whose one-game suspension in the 2016 NBA Finals helped contribute to a Warriors series loss. “If we’re going to win, have a possibility at winning another championship, guys can’t be getting ejected like that. So I’ve got to talk to those two guys and let them know that we need those guys on the floor, and then maybe we can win a game. But right now, we’re not that good because guys are getting ejected.”
The last time Curry tossed his mouthpiece, he was fined for $25,000. He’s expecting a similar outcome this time around.
“I’ve thrown my mouthpiece plenty of times and thrown it on the floor,” he said. “It’s probably not the best thing to do, but I’ve done it. [I] own up to it. I don’t think it’s a suspension or anything. My pockets will be a lot lighter for sure, though.”