The league announced on Friday, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Thompson has been fined $25,000, while his flagrant-2 foul has been downgraded to a flagrant-1.
"I contested a shot that shouldn't have been taken", Thompson said afterward, per ESPN. Draymond Green, who happened to be raising a ruckus of his own, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Tristan slammed the basketball in the direction of his face with 2.6 seconds on the clock, and the game a foregone conclusion. "I don't know why I got thrown out".
"I thought it was unnecessary when he shoved the ball in Draymond's face", the Warriors' guard said.More news: Hamas claims cease-fire reached after Israeli airstrikes; Israel denies it
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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.
That petty act ignited the scuffle, which was soon broken up, but Thompson continued to motion to Green to come at him as he was being led towards the tunnel. Green was seen mimicking a cheerleader waving pompoms to mock Perkins, who was screaming toward the Warriors' side of the court.
"I don't care about that incident", Green told ESPN.
"Maybe he was trying to increase his points per game. We're not taking a turnover". No disrespect. We just play the game.