MVP Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the League’s anti-flopping rules against Houston Rockets in game 1 on Tuesday. The Warriors though won 110-106 and took a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Final series. Curry’s coach and teammates stood beside him after the League issued the fine on Wednesday.
“These plays happen every day,” said a “morally” outraged Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr.
“I don’t think a game goes by where (Los Angeles Clippers guard) Jamal Crawford doesn’t flop six times on his 3-point shots. It’s part of the game and I don’t blame them for doing it. Russell Westbrook does it. Everybody does it.”
This is the first time point-guard Curry was slapped with a fine for flopping in his career. The League said that Curry exaggerated contact after scoring a 3-pointer and collided with Rockets’ defender Terrance Jones to go down on the court in the final quarter. The Warriors’ star though sounded disappointed.
“I don’t agree with it,” said Curry, who explained that he didn’t even see Jones.
“It’s a transition play so obviously my balance is not very good in that situation,” he said. “I wasn’t even looking for a foul, I just reacted to the contact that was on my arm.”
Curry also clarified that he wasn’t warned during the game nor interrogated before the decision was taken. His Warriors’ Teammate Andrew Bogut called the fine “crazy.”