The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will collide in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals on Sunday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The two powerhouse teams have been trading blows not only on the hardcourt but also outside of the playing court in recent interviews.
LeBron James was hit for his role in Draymond Green’s suspension, including a statement from Klay Thompson, who said the former Most Valuable Player’s feelings was hurt. But on Thursday, it was Steph Curry’s turn to absorb verbal jabs from Cavaliers fans online.
Curry was ejected late in the fourth quarter of Game 6 after throwing his mouthpiece, hitting a Cavaliers fan. The reigning back-to-back MVP was irked after he was called for his sixth foul. Curry was fined $25,000 for his outburst during their 115-101 loss on Thursday, the NBA announced.
Following the match, Steph’s wife, Ayesha Curry, blasted the referees, saying that the officials made sure there will be a deciding seventh game. Ayesha even traded barbs with ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith.
Aware of the statements from Ayesha and Steph’s action in the previous game, James reportedly labeled the couple as “crybabies” and “sore losers” after the match, Hollywood Life reported. A source said that James is frustrated the couple is trying to get attention with their recent statements.
“The last time LeBron saw this much crying in basketball was when he was a kid playing ball on his neighborhood courts,” the source said. “Steph and his wife are two crybabies and should be ashamed of themselves.”
James, who has had a fair share of criticisms and verbal insults throughout his career, said the referees should not be blamed in Games 5 and 6. The four-time MVP reportedly thinks both Steph and Ayesha do not know how to accept defeat, especially after taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
“LeBron doesn’t think there was any officiating problems and feels Steph and Ayesha are just sore losers,” the source continued. The insider added that the recent trade of verbal jabs made James more motivated to win the title, especially in front of Warriors fans on Sunday night.
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