Tristan Thompson should be hearing from the league office very soon.
The Cavaliers center was pumped after Cleveland narrowly escaped with a 99-97 win over the Nets on Monday night, an understandable feeling considering the Cavs are near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 5-18 record. No shame in celebrating a victory — until he took it a step too far.
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Thompson turned toward some Nets fans immediately after time expired and gave them a better look at his middle finger. Here’s the video (via TMZ):
There’s no way to know exactly what was said to Thompson throughout the game, but yeah, that’s going to be a fine.
This latest incident continues a recent trend of player vs. fan altercations. Warriors forward Kevin Durant was hit with a $25,000 fine last month for telling a fan to “watch the f—ing game and shut the f— up.” Clippers guard Patrick Beverley will likely receive a similar punishment for throwing the ball at a Mavericks fan.
As for his on-court performance, Thompson had 19 points and 14 rebounds in the win, giving him seven double-doubles in his last eight games. Pretty good night other than the whole flipping people off thing.