Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry may be one of the faces of the NBA, but even the four-time NBA champion you have to follow the rules.
Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands in the fourth quarter of Golden State’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
The NBA announced the fine Friday night, two days after the The Warriors defeated the Grizzlies 122-120.
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The ejection was the third of Curry’s career, all due to Curry throwing away his famous mouth guard.
With Golden State leading Memphis by two, late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Poole Warriors Guard he threw a deep three-point attempt as Curry cheered for the basketball.
After the shot, a miss by Poole, Curry turned and ran down the pitch, angrily throwing his mouthpiece out of bounds.
«Stephen Curry grabs his mouth guard and throws into the stands hard, under the rule, that’s an automatic ejection,» referee Sean Wright said, according to ESPN.
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After the game, Curry and Poole were seen hugging in the tunnel following Poole’s game-winning layup with less than three seconds remaining in the game.
«[It was] fire,” Poole said of the game winner, according to ESPN. «It’s the only way to say it. It was pretty dumb. . . . In any case, to get something positive out of this, we know what to do in these crucial games. We’re getting a lot of experience with close games in the regular season, and that will definitely help us in the future.»
following the beat the grizzliesCurry admitted that his ouster was ill-timed.
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«A pivotal moment in the game, and the way our season has gone, there are questions about the greater sense of urgency of every single detail that matters. And when you want something really bad… just to get a win,» Curry said. «And the execution in the fourth quarter, the crunch time situation, all of that matters.»
«So, I reacted in a way that obviously put me out of the game, put the team in a difficult place. But the intentions and the energy about what matters and the feeling of winning … that’s what it’s all about.»