Stephen Curry says he did not throw mouthpiece at referee
The Memphis Grizzlies got the better of the Golden State Warriors, winning their matchup, 111-101, in front the FedExForum crowd. Marc Gasol bullied his way to tallying 34 points and 14 rebounds against a hapless Warrior interior.
Outside of Durant showing his finger to someone in the crowd, Curry’s lowest moment came when he threw his mouthpiece in frustration, seemingly toward the referee’s direction, over a non-call.
Stephen Curry was ejected for throwing his mouthpiece in the general direction of the referee. pic.twitter.com/I5AA6MVuhu
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) October 22, 2017
ESPN’s Chris Haynes later tweeted Curry’s take on the heated moment, refuting what many believed was him trying to hit the official. Curry and Durant’s actions will be under scrutiny because of the precedent that was set by New Orleans Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins where he was slapped with a $25,000 fine for shouting obscenities at a fan.
Stephen Curry tells ESPN: “I didn’t throw my mouthpiece at the ref. I got better aim than that. I threw it out of frustration.”
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 22, 2017
Of course, this is eerily reminiscent of his 2016 Finals meltdown, specifically in Game 5 in Cleveland, where he also threw his mouthpiece out of frustration which apparently hit the son of one of the Cavaliers’ minority owners at court side.
This won’t end quick for the Warriors star and the internet will make sure of that.