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Tristan Thompson avoids suspension; fined $25,000 for altercation with Draymond Green

OAKLAND, Calif.– Tristan Thompson will not be suspended, but will be fined $25,000 for his altercation with Draymond Green during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA announced the decision via press release on Friday night.

The incident occurred with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime of the Cavaliers’ 124-114 loss. Thompson had been ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul call for swinging his elbow near Shaun Livingston’s head. The league has also announced the foul has been downgraded to a Flagrant 1.

As Thompson was leaving the court, Draymond Green began taunting him. Thompson responded by shoving the basketball in Green’s face. That, combined with failing to leave the court in a timely manner, will cost Thompson the $25,000. All things considered, the Cavs avoided a serious break by dodging any suspension for their starting big man.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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