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The NBA on Friday night downgraded the flagrant 2 foul assessed to Tristan Thompson during the waning seconds of Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night to and fined him $25,000 for not leaving the floor in a timely manner and shoving the basketball in Draymond Green’s face after being ejected.
In a press release, the NBA said it downgraded the foul to a flagrant 1 “upon league office review.”
The Golden State Warriors won the game in overtime, 124-114.
With five seconds left in overtime and the Warriors leading by eight points, Shaun Livingston of Golden State went up for a jumper from the right wing with 2.5 seconds left on the shot clock.
Thompson contested the shot and it appeared his right elbow may have grazed Livingston’s chest, though television replays were not clear if any contact was made.
Referee Tony Brothers, whose angle was from behind Livingston, immediately whistled Thompson for a flagrant foul 2, which results in an immediate ejection.
After the game, Thompson explained why he contested the shot. The Cavaliers were not playing defense at the time, standing and waiting for the clock to run out.
“I contested a shot that shouldn’t have been taken,” Thompson said. “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.”
Game 2 will be played Sunday night at Oracle Arena at 8 (ABC).