NBA Finals – Thompson receives $25,000 fine for Game 1 altercation

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has received a fine of $25,000 by the NBA for refusing to leave the court in a timely manner, and for shoving the basketball in the face of an opponent and Golden State big man Draymond Green at the close of overtime in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. This decision was announced by the league on Friday night. However, he will not be suspended and is eligible for Game 2 of the series.

Thompson was called for a flagrant-2 foul as the game had just 2.6 seconds left in his side's 124-114 loss to the Warriors for trying to block Shaun Livingston's shot, which he didn't like. The situation escalated from there as Green had some choice words for Thompson whilst walking by. Thompson reacted by confronting him and shoved the ball in his face before he was restrained and escorted off the court.

Although he was initially charged for a flagrant-2 foul for the foul on Livingston, the league announced that it had been downgraded to a flagrant-1

Meanwhile, Kevin Love didn't receive any suspension for the part he played during the altercation. The decision was based on the fact that was derived from the review of the play that Love was on the floor to protest the foul against Thompson, and not to get involved in the fight. It was observed that Love returned to the bench immediately after the shoving commenced and

Thompson and the Cavaliers will now try to make up for the rough Game 1 loss.
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