A fan was escorted from Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday after shoving Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry, who was chasing a loose ball during the game.
During the fourth quarter of the game, Lowry dove into the crowd to attempt to keep the ball in play. As he got up, a fan sitting nearby reached over and shoved the player. Lowry immediately called out the fan, who was shortly thereafter escorted from his seat.
During the post-game press conference, Lowry was clearly frustrated by the incident. “There’s no place for that. He had no reason to touch me,” the point guard said. “He had to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. … Hopefully, he never comes back to an NBA game.”
Speaking with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, Lowry said, “In our league, there’s no place for that,” Lowry said. “The fans have a place, and we love our fans. But fans like that, they shouldn’t be allowed to be in there. It’s not right. I can’t do nothing to protect myself. But the league does a good job, and hopefully, they ban him from all NBA games forever.”
Lowry finished the game with 23 points and nine assists, and the Raptors were able to hold on to win Game 3 by a score of 123-109, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 will be played Friday night at the Warriors’ home stadium, Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California.