It’s not unusual to see a professional athlete lose their cool during an important matchup.
Despite that, it’s not all that common to actually see players ejected.
When it happens, it’s usually because they’re livid with a call made by an official.
It’s not every day that you see a player get so mad at their teammate that they get tossed from a game.
Still, that’s exactly what happened during last night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.
With 1:40 left in the game, the Warriors had a 2-point lead and the ball. 16 seconds into their possession, Klay Thompson missed a jumper that could have extended the lead to 4.
Luckily, Donte DiVincenzo grabbed the rebound, giving the Warriors another 14 seconds to wind the clock down and find a shot.
Jordan Poole was not interested in taking that time to find a good shot. Instead, he launched a 3 from 30 feet out 2 seconds after the DiVincenzo rebound. He didn’t make it.
As Poole took his shot, Steph Curry was calling for the ball near half court to reset the offense. He was not happy with Poole’s shot.
Curry was so frustrated that on his way down the court to play defense, he threw his mouthpiece. He was quickly ejected from the game.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 26, 2023
It was definitely not a good shot in this scenario, but luckily for the Warriors this whole sequence didn’t end up hurting them much.
Desmond Bane actually ended up missing the free throw after Steph’s technical. The two teams went on to battle back and forth with the Grizzlies tying the game twice and even taking the lead once over the last 1:02.
In the end, Poole would make up for the bad shot that got Steph Curry ejected as he made a layup with 2.1 seconds left to get the win for the Golden State Warriors.