Thompson was called for a Flagrant 2 foul in the final three seconds of the Cavaliers' 124-114 loss when he elbowed Warriors guard Shaun Livingston in the face after he took a shot with the game in hand. I make the contest, and next thing I know, I was being kicked out for a good contest that we learn in training camp.
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.
Livingston could have held onto the rock and taken the turnover with the shot clock winding down.
Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who was on the court when the Cavs big man was ejected, criticized his actions.
"I don't care if he plays or not". I don't know why there's any ritual that tells you you're supposed to stop playing.
Because of the ejection and subsequent scuffle there was a very real concern that Thompson, who has played an integral role in the Cavs' success this postseason, would be suspended for Game 2.
Information from ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Chris Haynes was used in this report.
Thompson isn't placing blame for the incident, saying Smith was making a play for the ball. We're not trying to go dunk on them. LeBron James and Stephen Curry also were talking trash around that same time. "I mean, he's great on the [offensive] boards".
Thompson had a quiet game to open the series.