Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry earned the first ejection of his NBA career Thursday night. It came in a 115-101 Game 6 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2016 NBA Finals after he threw his mouthguard into the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, per SportsCenter.
Curry would've been forced to leave the game anyway after picking up his sixth foul. He finished with 30 points on 8-of-20 shooting.
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After the game, Curry was asked about his actions, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. "Definitely didn't mean to throw it at a fan," he said. "But it happened, and I went over and apologized to him."
It was a surprising show of frustration from the two-time reigning MVP, who rarely loses his composure on the court. SB Nation's Spencer Hall summed up the situation:
CONWAY TWEETY @edsbs
Steph's not even mad, he's laughing about it, it's funny to him2016-6-17 03:34:00
The partisan Cavaliers crowd serenaded Curry as he walked off the court, per NBA on ESPN:
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Crowd chants ‘Hey hey hey, goodbye’ as Curry leaves the court https://t.co/Lz562MNvVc2016-6-17 03:42:30
Curry's wife, Ayesha, broke out the conspiracy theories in a since-deleted tweet. ESPN's Rachel Nichols captured it before she took it down:
Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols
Here's what Ayesha Curry posted at the end of the game...then deleted, but only after tens of thousands of retweets: https://t.co/dO83u456iX2016-6-17 03:59:32
The series now moves to Game 7 on Sunday in Oakland, California.
Curry's ejection shouldn't jeopardize his availability. If he faces any punishment, it will likely be in the form of a fine.
Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem earned a one-game suspension in the 2006 playoffs for throwing his mouthpiece, but he did so at NBA official Joey Crawford. In October, the league fined Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers $25,000 for throwing a seat cushion into the stands, a scenario more in line with Curry's outburst.