NBA Cavs May Face Suspensions for Game 1 Altercation vs Warriors

Ruben Holloway
June 2, 2018

The NBA has fined Tristan Thompson $25,000 for his involvement in the skirmish in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the league announced. Not because he might cost his team a valuable member on the court for Game 2, but because he was acting like a tough guy.

"I don't care if he plays or not".

The incident took place with a little over six minutes left in the first quarter, Steph Curry brought the ball up court and threw a hit ahead pass to Thompson along the sideline.

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"We're always going to take a shot if the game tells us to take a shot", said Kerr in a conference call.

Warriors guard Shaun Livingston pulled up for a midrange jumper and Thompson contested the shot, but he also flung his elbow and made contact with the right side of Livingston's chest.

It was clearly just a freak accident, and Smith wasn't being malicious - as he has been previously in the playoffs - but it still would have been devastating to the Warriors if Thompson wasn't able to continue - especially with Andre Iguodala already out for Game 1.

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"I didn't hear him", Thompson said, "but I heard him, and the rest is history". "It don't matter. Life goes on".

"Maybe he was trying to increase his points per game". "If there is a shot clock differential, we're going to take a shot".

Kevin Love has every reason to be perturbed, considering the ruling nearly matches word for word his description of the play. So, that's what it was.

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Information from ESPN's Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin was used in this report.

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