Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr lashed out at officials during and after the Golden State Warriors' Game 6 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and they'll both pay for it.
$25,000 each, to be exact.
After being whistled for his sixth and final foul, Curry threw his mouthpiece into the Cleveland crowd in anger, hitting a fan in the face. That action resulted in a technical, and he was ejected.
"I've thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer's table. I was off aim. Definitely didn't mean to throw it at a fan," Curry said. "That was obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out."
In his postgame press conference, Kerr, the Warriors head coach, criticized the game's officials.
"(Curry) 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," Kerr said. "He steals the ball from Kyrie [Irving] clean at one point. LeBron [James] 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."
Still, Kerr doesn't believe the refs determined the outcome of the game.
"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."