Curry flips out in Game 6 of finals, takes first NBA ejection


Curry flips out in Game 6 of finals, takes first NBA ejection

CLEVELAND –- Steph Curry has been whistled for fouls. He has displayed flashes of anger. He has even thrown that mouthpiece usually seen dangling from his lips.

Never, though, has Curry been ejected from an NBA game. And when the unprecedented occurred Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Curry went temporarily insane.

He got in the face of referee Jason Phillips, gesturing and yelling at him for whistling Curry for a blocking foul on Cleveland’s LeBron James. It was Curry’s sixth foul, disqualifying the MVP with 4:22 left in a 115-101 loss to the Cavaliers.

Curry’s tirade continued, with him flinging his mouthpiece, prompting Phillips to assess a technical foul and an ejection. Curry’s mouthpiece hit a fan. Regaining a measure of composure, he apologized to the fan before heading into the locker room.

This was a Steph Curry we’d never seen.

“Yeah, I’ve thrown my mouthpiece before. I usually aim at the scorer’s table. I was off (with my) aim,” Curry said. “I definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan. But it happened. I went over and apologized to him because that’s obviously not where I was trying to take my frustration out.”

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Curry was displeased with the officiating, specifically as it was directed at him. And his coach, Steve Kerr, was in full support. Kerr was lit into the officials with stream of unvarnished commentary.

“That had nothing to do with the outcome,” Kerr began, speaking of the officials. “The outcome was decided. But he had every right to be upset. He’s the MVP of the league. He gets six fouls called on him, and three of them were absolutely ridiculous.

“He steals the ball from Kyrie (Irving) clean at one point. LeBron flops on the last one. Jason Phillips falls for the flop. As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals.

“Let me be clear,” Kerr continued. “We did not lose because of the officiating. (The Cavs) totally outplayed us, and Cleveland deserved to win. But those three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody -– much less the MVP of the league.”

Kerr didn’t stop there. He co-signed on the throwing of the mouthpiece, saying Curry had a right to be upset.

“Look, it’s the NBA Finals and everybody’s competing out there,” the coach said. “There’s fouls on every play. It’s a physical game. I just think that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the way we run our offense, we’re running, we’re cutting through the lane; we’re a rhythm offense. If they’re going to let Cleveland grab and hold these guys constantly on their cuts and then you’re going to call these ticky-tack fouls on the MVP of the league to foul him out, I don’t agree with that.”

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Curry, the first MVP to foul out of an NBA Finals game since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, was most upset about the last two whistles. His fifth foul came after he stole the ball from Irving, with Ken Mauer on the call.

“I didn’t think I fouled either Kyrie or LeBron,” Curry said. “That’s just kind of my perception of the plays and I had a reaction to it.

“It was obviously frustrating fouling out in the fourth quarter of a clinching game and not being out there with my teammates. So it got the best of me. But I’ll be all right for next game.”

The next game arrives Sunday, Game 7, at Oracle Arena. Kerr expects emotions to be present but not overpowering.

“I can’t wait for Sunday,” he said. “I think we’ll be fine.”

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

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Steph Curry is Houston bound.

The two-time NBA MVP is traveling with the Warriors to Texas for the three-game road trip, but he will not play in any of the contests, the team announced Wednesday.

The Warriors will face the Rockets on Thursday, the Mavericks on Saturday and the Spurs on Sunday.

Curry will be re-evaluated in 10 days, which means he's scheduled to also miss next week's games against the Thunder (Wednesday) and the Trail Blazers (Friday). Golden State will host the Kings next Saturday, which is 10 days from now.

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The three-time NBA champion has missed the Warriors' last three games -- wins over the Nets and Hawks, and a loss to the Clippers. He is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and over 49 percent from 3-point range.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday completed the third of 12 back-to-back sets that they will have this season, and this one might have a lasting impact.

There are few moments to remember and many to regret, most notably the blow-up between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Monday night.

Here are two positives and two negatives culled from splitting the two games, a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles and a win over the Hawks in Oakland:


The bench didn’t waver

With Stephen Curry missing both games and Green missing the second while on suspension, the Warriors needed a boost from their reserves. They generally got what they wanted.

The bench scored 39 points on 68.2 percent shooting against the Clippers. It was the starters' 77 points on 40.3 percent shooting that failed the test.

Against the Hawks, the bench didn’t shoot as well, perhaps because two reserves -- Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko -- were in the starting lineup. Cook and Jerebko combined for 32 points (46.4 percent), 17 rebounds and eight assists.

If Cook and Jerebko keep making shots and stretching the floor, the Warriors will benefit.

Iguodala’s shot looks niiice

If there is a sense the Oracle Arena crowd holds its collective breath every time Andre Iguodala hoists a 3-pointer, it’s because it does.

When he misses, and sometimes badly, there is a groan.

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When they go in, there is plenty of extra hearty in the cheer.

These days, they’ve been going in. Iguodala, the team’s multi-skilled Sixth Man, scored 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, over the last two games.

Since missing his first eight shots from beyond the arc, Iguodala is 8 of 14. That’s 57.1 percent. He won’t maintain that pace -- nobody does -- but that scoring boost is particularly timely with Curry out.


The Green-Durant quarrel

The Warriors can’t hide this one. They can’t deny it. Durant and Green squabbled in plain sight Monday night, with teammates trying to soothe each of them.

With the score tied and about five seconds remaining in regulation, Green yanked down a rebound. Durant was a few feet away pleading for the ball. Green ignored him and went dribbling up the court. He committed a turnover, the Warriors did not get off a shot, and the game went into overtime, with Durant fouling out and Golden State fading over the final minutes.

That led to the dispute on the bench that carried over into the locker room. It also prompted the Warriors to suspend Green for conduct detrimental to the team.

This might be the biggest tiff yet involving Green, a firebrand that injects energy and enthusiasm but in this instance might have become too abrasive for the general good.

Will it have any lasting effect? If comments made by players and coaches are any indication, it possibly will.

Young bigs struggling on the glass

The Warriors determined this was the year they’d go away from a veteran center rotation and turn things over to the three youngsters: Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Results have been mixed.

One element that has been fairly consistently disappointing is rebounding. Bell played just 13 minutes over the last two games and grabbed three. Looney played 45 minutes and grabbed seven. He has been the best rebounder of the group.

Jones has started every game. In 32 minutes over last two games, he had six rebounds. His season high is six. He has had eight games with three or fewer boards.

The Warriors need them to be better.