NBA fines Cavs’ Thompson $25K for Game 1 incident

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was fined $25,000 by the NBA Friday night, but not suspended, after sparking an altercation at the end of his team’s Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors a night earlier.

In a league announcement, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe explained the fine was because of Thompson “failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection and for shoving the basketball in the face” of Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) reacts after he is ejected following an altercation with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in Game 1. (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)

In the final seconds of Cleveland’s 124-114 overtime defeat, Thompson became incensed when Golden State’s guard Shaun Livingston launched a jumper with five seconds left in overtime despite the double-digit lead.

The Cavs’ forward, who had just two points and five rebounds in defeat, was called for a foul, a Flagrant 2 foul that the NBA also downgraded to a Flagrant 1 on Friday, while contesting the shot and then began jawing with Green afterward with 2.6 seconds remaining.

“I contested a shot that shouldn’t have been taken,” Thompson said afterward, per ESPN. “I mean, it’s like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you’re up 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don’t take that shot. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp. I don’t know why I got thrown out.”

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reportedly will not be suspended for leaving the bench by a few steps during the near-melee, according to an ESPN report.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Oakland, Calif.

–Field Level Media

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