Warriors' Shaun Livingston suspended one game for altercation with ref

Steve Kerr Applauds How NBA Handled Livingston Kirkland Suspension

Steve Kerr Applauds How NBA Handled Livingston Kirkland Suspension

Upon league office review, it was determined that Kirkland moved toward Livingston and shared responsibility for the contact that occurred. But this was the odd case where the official assumed partial responsibility, and was therefore also disciplined by the National Basketball Association.

The incident, which began when Livingston aggressively approached Kirkland while protesting a non-call, occurred with 6:24 remaining in the second quarter of the Warriors' 123-95 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, Dec. 3 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

This suspension won't cost the Warriors, as they had planned out the rest before, but it'll take a hefty $53,000 out of Livingston's pockets for the hassle, as Kirkland has been scratched off the referee rotations for this week, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks. Livingston will sit out on Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans with Patrick McCaw seeing extra minutes in his absence.

"The reason that Shaun Livingston was ejected was for making physical contact with me", Kirkland said to the pool reporter. "It did look like from watching that Courtney stepped into his face and he tossed him out". Livingston's only other ejection came in Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals in Portland, after receiving his second technical foul for complaining to referee Scott Foster. But Livingston will have to miss Monday's game without pay.

With Livingston out of the lineup, Andre Iguodala and Nick Young could earn time at backup point guard.

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