Draymond Green Ejected from Warriors Game After Swinging Arm at Opponent
In a highly debated incident during Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green was ejected for swinging his arm and hitting center Jusuf Nurkic in the face. The incident occurred in the third quarter as both players were battling for position.
Green was assessed a Flagrant 2, resulting in his automatic ejection from the game. This marks Green’s 19th career ejection, the most among active NBA players, and his third of the season. The Warriors’ coach, Steve Kerr, emphasized the importance of Green maintaining his composure for the success of the team.
Following the game, Green explained that Nurkic had been pulling his hip, and he swung his arm to sell a call but accidentally struck Nurkic in the face. Nevertheless, this incident adds to Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts, which have led to past suspensions.
Nurkic expressed concern for Green’s behavior, suggesting that he may need help. It is clear that Green’s actions have caught the attention of both his opponents and the league as a whole. The NBA may impose further punishment on Green for his actions towards Nurkic, as his suspension earlier in the season was based on his past unsportsmanlike conduct.
Green himself acknowledged that the league is holding his previous actions against him, but he remains committed to adjusting his behavior according to the guidance and support of his teammates, coaches, and front office.
Despite Green’s ejection, the Warriors went on to lose the game 119-116 against the Suns. Green’s absence clearly affected the team’s performance and their chances of securing a victory.
Looking at Green’s overall stats for the season, he has been averaging 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. However, his questionable behavior and the impact it has on the team’s success may overshadow his on-court contributions.
As the reactions to Green’s ejection and the aftermath continue to unfold, it is clear that his actions have once again put his reputation and future in the spotlight. Only time will tell how this incident will influence not only Green’s career but also the Warriors’ season as a whole.
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