19 April, 2023
For the first time in the Stephen Curry era, Golden State is behind 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. The NBA has announced that Draymond Green of the Warriors will miss Game Three on Thursday against the Sacramento Kings due to a suspension.
Draymond Green, a forward for Golden State, has been given a one-game suspension without pay for standing on Domantas Sabonis‘ chest during Monday’s playoff loss.
Green will now miss Game Three of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Kings on Thursday night, according to the NBA’s late-night statement on Tuesday.
The decision was confirmed by executive vice president and director of basketball operations Joe Dumars, and the NBA issued the following statement: “The suspension was based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior.
The defense of Draymond Green’s stamp is, “I had to land my foot someplace!”
NBA roundup: Green is dismissed as Sacramento Kings defeat Golden State by a score of 2-0.
This is the first time the Warriors have trailed by two games in any of their previous 28 postseason series during the Stephen Curry era. Golden State is behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series going into Thursday’s home game at the Chase Center.
As Curry seized a defensive rebound in the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 114-106 Game Two victory, Green stomped on Sabonis’ chest.
Green made a strong foot on Sabonis as the Warriors were pushing the ball up the court and he was on the ground. Sabonis remained down for a while as officials assessed the play.
For grasping Green’s leg, Sabonis received a technical foul, while Green received a flagrant-2 penalty that resulted in an immediate ejection.
Green noted in reference to a play in Game 1 with Malik Monk, “My leg got grabbed.” “Two nights in a row, again. Referees merely observe it. I must put my foot down someplace. It’s not really stretching because I’m not the most flexible person.
Shaquille O’Neal asserted that he would have done the same thing as Draymond Green, who was ejected from the NBA playoffs when it seemed that he stamped on Domantas Sabonis during their Game 2 showdown.
Green has long straddled the line between defying authority figures and admitting he now believes they are out to get him. In 147 career postseason games, the 33-year-old has accrued 27 technical fouls, six flagrant fouls, and has been dismissed once (against Memphis last season).
After racking up too many flagrant fouls in the postseason that year, Green was suspended for a key Game Five defeat to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in 2016. The Warriors ultimately fell short after seven.
For actions that hurt the team, the Warriors suspended Green in November 2018. In an overtime loss to the Clippers, Green grabbed a rebound. When Kevin Durant called for the ball, he dribbled the length of the court through traffic as the Warriors couldn’t get a shot off.
The suspension didn’t seem to shake bookmakers that much. They still have the Warriors favored by 6 points in tomorrow’s matchup in Oakland.