Courtney Kirkland Rumors
Kerr has found it “absolutely too much” that the Warriors have received three ejections in consecutive games, including two from star forward Kevin Durant. Warriors guard Shaun Livingston also served a one-game suspension on Monday without pay, while official Courtney Kirkland received a one-week suspension for their role in what the league called “an on-court altercation” during the Warriors’ game on Sunday in Miami that led to Livingston’s ejection. “We’re not composed out there. We’re a championship team,” Kerr said. “We have to be poised and we have to execute out there. We’re getting way too emotional, myself included. I have to do a better job of that, too. But you got to show some poise when things aren’t going our way. Stop worrying about everything else and worry about the game.”
Nick Friedell: Steve Kerr, on the Livingston/Kirkland suspensions: “I thought the league handled it well. I think it was the right decision and we move on.”
Mark Medina: NBA determined Kirkland moved toward Livingston and “shared responsibility for the contact that occurred.” Livingston serves his suspension tonight. He was going to sit anyway for rest, but now he’s docked pay.
During Wednesday night’s Nets-Raptors game, Kris Humphries went to the line for two free throws. After making his first, he is given the ball to shoot his second. That’s when referee Courtney Kirkland realized that Jose Calderon was waiting to check in. Instead of blowing his whistle and waving his arms, he ran at Humphries and attempted to block his free throw attempt.