MANILA, Philippines - Stephen Curry is clearly not used to fouling out.
The two-time reigning NBA MVP was not ready to sit down with 4:22 left in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals and reacted with indignation. The Warriors sharpshooter angrily threw his mouthpiece into the stands, inadvertently hitting a fan before getting in an official's face.
Curry, who scored 30 points in 35 minutes despite struggling with fouls, was ejected for his reaction. It was his first time to foul out since December 13, 2013, but it wasn't the first time Curry had lost his cool - and his mouthpiece.
The 28-year-old Warriors star could only watch as the Cleveland Cavaliers evened up the series with a 115-101 win on Friday, June 17 to force a deciding Game 7.
ESPN reporter Darren Rovell thinks the NBA could be in a position to rule for a stiffer penalty for Curry because the mouthpiece hit a fan.
"[Commissioner] Adam Silver is going to have a tough call on Steph Curry. Hitting a fan with anything usually elevates a possible penalty," Rovel tweeted.
That situation might be exacerbated by Curry's wife, Ayesha, tweeting (and deleting) that the NBA Finals is "absolutely rigged." (READ: Ayesha Curry: NBA Finals is ‘absolutely rigged’)
Curry apologized to the fan afterwards, shaking hands and making everything cool.
Steph Curry fouls out and throws his mouthguard at a fan....and then apologizes. What. pic.twitter.com/YHj1phUA4Q — Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) June 17, 2016
The Warriors were without Draymond Green for their Game 5 loss due to a flagrant foul accumulation, and will miss center Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the series due to a left knee injury.
The Cavs are hoping to become the first team to come back from a 1-3 NBA Finals deficit to win the title when they play the Warriors one last time at Oracle Arena on Monday, June 20 (Manila time). – Rappler.com