Golden State Warriors superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were ejected late in Saturday night’s 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With under a minute to go and his team trailing considerably for most of the contest, Curry drove in for a layup. The former MVP took some contact, but there was no call. An irate Curry threw his mouthpiece on the court in the direction of official Scott Wall and was immediately tossed from the game.
Durant then rushed over to Wall and had some words before also being ejected.
When asked if he intended to throw his mouthpiece at the official, Curry quickly refuted that narrative.
“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, who had a game-high 37 points while being plagued with foul trouble all night, felt some of the calls should have gone in his favor.
“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.
No excuse for that! Gotta remember who I am playing for…
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 22, 2017
The league will now have to decide if Curry’s actions warrant a suspension or just a fine. The two-time MVP believes a fine is sufficient.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Chris Haynes