The ending to regulation and overtime in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals were absolutely insane.
While the fine may be bad news for Thompson's bank account, the fact that he will be available for Game 2 is great news.
Following his team's thrilling overtime win, Thompson explained that he expects to play Sunday. The scuffle really sparked when Tristan Thompson lost his cool after receiving a flagrant foul. "I mean, it's like the unspoken rule in the NBA: If you're up by 10 or 11 with about 20 seconds left, you don't take that shot".
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Instead of leaving the court and going to the locker room, however, Thompson was at the center of a scrum during which he shoved the basketball in the face of Warriors forward Draymond Green. When the two forwards approached each other, Thompson had some words before ramming the ball into Green's face.
"I've got a sore ligament", Thompson told reporters. "But if there is time left on the clock, the game is going to continue to play".
It was clearly just a freak accident, and Smith wasn't being malicious - as he has been previously in the playoffs - but it still would have been devastating to the Warriors if Thompson wasn't able to continue - especially with Andre Iguodala already out for Game 1. "We're not taking a turnover". "Kevin [Durant] threw me the ball and he threw it to me like we were still playing". According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Green was mimicking a cheerleader waving pom-poms to mock Perkins who was screaming towards the Warriors' side of the court. JR [Smith] was still guarding him, you know.