Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry lost his cool in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals when he was called for his sixth foul. Curry threw his mouthpiece in frustration and he was subsequently ejected from the game. But will the NBA suspend the MVP for Game 7 or just fine him for his behavior?
After the ejection, many fans were left wondering what the league will do with Curry. Some were saying he should be suspended while some think that he will just get a hefty fine.
Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report and Chris Mannix of The Vertical both noted that Curry’s action only warrants a fine and not a suspension. It is still unofficial but the NBA will not suspend the league MVP in the Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Unofficial word I’m getting from NBA source is that throwing a mouthguard warrants a fine, not a suspension. On to G7.
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) June 17, 2016
Here’s what I’m told: The standard for tossing a mouthpiece like Curry did is a fine. Even if he hit a fan. Don’t expect a suspension.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 17, 2016
According to Nunzio Ingrassia of FOX Sports, the league has fined players $25,000 for throwing their mouthpiece. Players like Enes Kanter, Aaron Brooks, and Andres Nocioni have all received fines for their behavior.
It should be noted that Udonis Haslem was suspended for one game in the 2006 NBA Finals for throwing his mouthpiece right into the referee. On the other hand, Curry hit a fan but he quickly shook his hand before going into the locker room.
Warriors fans can breathe for a little bit because Curry will not be suspended and Cleveland Cavaliers fans should not celebrate just yet. Golden State still has home court advantage for Game 7 and no team in history has won the NBA Finals after falling 3-1 in the series.
Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be on Sunday, June 19 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Tip-off starts at 8:00 PM ET only on the ABC Network.
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