It may have been the the most accurate shot Steph Curry took all night. After picking up his sixth foul, he also received an automatic ejection from Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday for hurling his mouth guard in frustration — scoring a direct hit on a taunting Cavaliers fan who was reported to be the son of a minority owner of the team.
Steph Curry's mouthpiece hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavs minority owner Nate Forbes, on the shoulder. Curry apologized.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) June 17, 2016
The foul call and subsequent reaction were the final moments in a night that was far from the best for the two-time reigning MVP. Curry scored 30 points, but he hit just 8 of 20 shots and was thoroughly outplayed by LeBron James, as Cleveland forced Game 7 with a 115-101 win.
Curry was particularly angered by the last two fouls he picked up. On the fifth, he thought he had made a clean steal, and on the sixth, he thought James had sold incidental contact while going for a rebound. It couldn’t have helped that, moments earlier, James delivered a monstrous block on a layup attempt by Curry, and the Cleveland star let his Golden State rival know all about it.
After the game, Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said that James had “flopped” on the play that led to Curry’s ejection, the first of his career, and he had no problem with his player’s outburst. “Yeah, I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece, he should be upset,” Kerr told reporters.
Steve Kerr goes in on the fouls called against Steph Curry tonight pic.twitter.com/OJ0lYVpMp5
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) June 17, 2016
Curry said it was "hilarious" the way the last two fouls unfolded
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 17, 2016
“I definitely didn’t mean to throw it at a fan. I went over and apologized,” Curry said at the postgame news conference. He will likely get fined by the NBA for the act, but there is little chance the league will suspend Curry for Sunday’s all-or-nothing Game 7.