All heck broke loose late in the Golden State Warriors’ thrilling Game 1 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night in Oakland.
With the Warriors having put Cleveland away in overtime, Stephen Cury got into it with LeBron James. Warriors teammate Klay Thompson joined in the fracas.
LeBron having some words with Steph Curry & Klay Thompson at the end of GM1.
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Then, a little bit later, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson was ejected for a flagrant foul on Shaun Livingston, only to get into it with the boisterous Draymond Green. It was a sight to behold.
Another angle of Tristan Thompson throwing the ball in Draymond Green's face. pic.twitter.com/8rch3YbWjw
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All the while, Cavaliers big man Kevin Love was watching this go down from the bench. During the initial exchange, Love left the bench and entered the court. NBA rules suggest that’s an automatic one-game suspension.
Apparently, the NBA is not about to enact said rule during the Finals. It’s being reported that Love will not be suspended for Game 2 Sunday evening in Oakland.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) June 1, 2018
In a vacuum, this makes perfect sense. Love was almost immediately pulled back to the Cavaliers’ bench by an assistant coach. He did not involve himself in the drama.
So while some will say rules are rules, the NBA made what should be a popular decision here. Love will be on the court Sunday evening as Cleveland looks to tie the series up at one.