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The NBA has fined Steve Kerr $25,000 following his ejection Wednesday night, according to the The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by NBA for verbally abusing and confronting a game official Wednesday night in Portland.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 14, 2019
Kerr’s outburst came after Draymond Green’s foul on Blazers center Zach Collins was upgraded to a flagrant 1. At the time, the Warriors trailed, 110-103. They went on to lose, 129-107.
Steve Kerr didn't like the flagrant foul call on Draymond Green, and now his vacation starts early pic.twitter.com/zxCDhtkawy
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) February 14, 2019
Below is the video of Kerr’s ejection.
STEVE KERR IS HOT!!! LOL 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/5WWiDmlAGJ
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 14, 2019
After the game, Kerr said he was “shocked” Green’s foul was upgraded to a flagrant.
“I just thought it was a good, hard foul,” Kerr told reporters postgame. “I guess I was wrong.”
Kerr’s ejection accentuated a heated fourth quarter in which Klay Thompson and Collins exchanged barbs. Later in the quarter, Kevin Durant and Thompson continued to grill Collins from the Warriors bench. (Green took solace in Thompson’s trash-talking.)
And with that, the first half of the season is wrapped up in dramatic fashion. The Warriors head into the All-Star break having won 16 of their past 18 games, despite the one-game losing streak.