After Stephen Curry threw his mouthpiece and was ejected during Saturday night’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, it was clear that some sort of punishment would come down. It was just a matter of how severe that punishment would be.
Thankfully, Curry will be writing a big check, but won’t be missing tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Steph Curry will receive a $50,000 fine for throwing his mouthpiece, I’m told, and Andre Iguodala a $15,000 fine for yelling at the ref— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) October 23, 2017
For what it’s worth, the $50,000 fine is double what Curry got hit with when he threw his mouthpiece during the 2016 NBA Finals.
Interestingly, Kevin Durant - who was also ejected - wasn’t fined, but Andre Iguodala was. Iguodala immediately came over to separate Curry from the ref, and appeared to have some pointed words. Apparently those words went noticed by the league.
If you thought Curry would get suspended, there’s a pretty good reason why he was not:
$50K was maximum fine league could give Steph Curry. Mouthpiece didn't hit ref and league couldn't prove intent, so no suspension.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 23, 2017
I think it’s safe to say that the bulk of Warriors fans will believe that Curry did not aim at the ref, while the majority of non-Warriors fans will think he did. Perhaps it’s my bias, but I’m inclined to agree with Curry, who noted that he has good enough aim to hit the referee if that had been his intention.
Steph Curry calls the mouthguard throw "stupid" but says it wasn't directed at the referee pic.twitter.com/RXrxjpaC1h— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 22, 2017
As for KD, it initially seemed like he might be facing a big fine. While walking off the court, he flashed a finger at some fans, and from the camera angle it looked like he was flipping them off.
It turns out that Durant - who called the whole incident good fun - was flashing his ring finger, not his middle finger. Just a casual reminder to the fans that he lost the game, but won the hardware.
With their pockets lighter, the Warriors will try to right the ship tonight in Dallas.