Monday, July 16, 2018
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Warriors pay price for Game 6 frustrations

CLEVELAND — Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry let their frustrations with Game 6 of the NBA Finals be known, and it came at a price.

Each was fined $25,000 by the league on Friday for separate incidents. Kerr, the league's coach of the year, was fined for publicly criticizing officiating after the game, which Cleveland won 115-101 to force a deciding Game 7 Sunday in the title series.

Curry was fined for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd after fouling out of the game with 4:22 left.

Kerr took issue with three of the six fouls that were called on Curry in the game, even calling referee Jason Phillips out by name for the one that ended the night for the two-time reigning league MVP.

"Three of the six fouls were incredibly inappropriate calls for anybody, much less the MVP of the league," Kerr said in his postgame news conference.

Curry didn't like many of the calls either, and let some words — and his mouthpiece — fly after fouling out. Phillips also tacked on a technical and ejected Curry, who apologized almost immediately to the fan he hit inadvertently with the mouthpiece.

"I'm happy he threw his mouthpiece," Kerr said postgame. "He should be upset. Look, it's the Finals, and everybody's competing out there. There are fouls on every play. It's a physical game."

It was Curry's first ejection, and his time fouling out since Dec. 13, 2013.

"It got the best of me," he said, "but I'll be all right for next game."

Curry wasn't the only one in his house who was upset Thursday.

His wife, Ayesha, wife spoke out loudly on social media with a tweet near the end of Game 6, saying it was rigged: "I've lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money. … Or ratings in not sure which. I won't be silent. Just saw it live sry (sorry)."

She deleted the "rigged" tweet and later said she "tweeted in the heat of the moment because the call was uncalled for."

But she also tweeted that police had racially profiled her father at the game and told him to remove his credentials. Before the game, she tweeted that her cousin hadn't been allowed into an area casino earlier Thursday because he was wearing Warriors gear.

Theundefeated.com reported that Quicken Loans Arena security personnel checked the credentials of Ayesha's father because they were "on alert … to find David Aminzadeh, who previously has sneaked in to countless major sporting events (and) because they thought he looked like Aminzadeh, before determining they were mistaken."

"They kind of profiled my father-in-law and thought he was (the imposter)," Curry said. "They threatened to arrest him before they checked out his credentials. It's kind of been an emotional and tough night all the way around."

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