Steve Kerr ‘not surprised’ over fines levied on three Warriors players
Steve Kerr provided a brief reaction to the news that Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were each fined by the NBA for criticizing officials after last Friday’s overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“We know the rules,” Kerr said, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “Our guys knew what was coming.”
The NBA announced Tuesday that Green has been fined $35,000, Curry $25,000 and $15,000 for Durant for their comments after last Friday’s loss. Green and Curry were said to have “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating” and Durant received his fine for “public criticism of the officiating,” per the NBA’s press release announcing the punishments.
The target of the Warriors’ ire was official Mark Kogut, who Curry referred to as “the MVP of tonight. Durant, meanwhile, called Kogut “the best player on the floor.”
Green’s fine appeared to stem from cryptic subtweets made after the game.
The Warriors were not surprisingly irked by a controversial sequence of events at the end of overtime.
Omg the Warriors man— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) March 30, 2019
Warriors down 3. Wolves have a foul to give.
Durant for 4-point play!!?
Okay, just get it to Steph. Who hits his 11th!! 3-pointer of the night pic.twitter.com/jnvp9kvk9H
With 0.5 seconds left in a tie game, KD is called for a foul that sends KAT to the line to win the game. Wow. pic.twitter.com/tpRub3Bttb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 30, 2019
Kerr was understandably perturbed after the 131-130 loss.
“You mean when the lob was going 10 feet over the rim?” Kerr said when asked about the foul call on Durant, per KNBR.
What about the call that eliminated the potential four-point play?
“Did I think (the foul) was before the shot? I just watched the replay. He caught, he shot, and it’s a four-point play. I mean, I don’t know what else to say. Kind of mind-boggling. You go up for a shot, you get fouled — in any league — that’s a good bucket and a free throw. In any league, not just the NBA.”
Perhaps to no surprise, Kerr’s reaction to the fines Tuesday were much more measured.