Golden State saw a rough night with two of their superstar players, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, both ejected late in Saturday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With less than a minute left to go and the Warriors trailing behind the Grizzlies for most of the night, Steph Curry went in for a layup and took a little bit of contact, without any call. Curry appeared to be very frustrated and threw his mouthpiece on the court in the direction of Scott Wall, an official who was directing the game and was then ejected immediately from the game.
At this point in time, Kevin Durant ran over to Scott Wall and had some words with the ref before he was also ejected for using some pretty strong language.
Curry was very quick to state that he had not intended to throw his mouthpiece directly at Wall but that he just threw the piece out of frustration.
“I didn’t throw my mouthpiece at the ref,” Curry told ESPN. “I got better aim than that. I threw it out of frustration.”
Added Durant: “I felt Steph got fouled on that drive, and I let [Wall] know about it, and he threw me out.”
Curry had a game-high of 37 points but felt that the night had been riddled with foul trouble and bad calls.
“That last play, I thought I got fouled, and my frustration boiled over,” he said. “I did something stupid. I deserved to get kicked out, and that’s what happened. Obviously, I’ll learn from it and try not to do it again.”
He reiterated that sentiment in a tweet.
Now the league now has to decide if Curry will receive a suspension or a fine. It looks like a fine will be in place.
“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.”
Coach Steve Kerr joked that he thought what happened merited a multigame ban.
“I think he should be suspended eight, maybe 10 games for that,” Kerr said sarcastically. “It was egregious. It was awful. It endangered thousands of people in the stands.”