Draymond Green ejected after dragging Brandon Clarke to floor

Not for the primary time, Draymond Green has gotten himself into scorching water within the playoffs.

Green was ejected from Game 1 of the Warriors-Grizzlies sequence after dragging Brandon Clarke to the floor by his jersey as Clarke went up to the basket. The ejection appeared to stun the Warriors bench, which assumed Green would get a Flagrant 1.

According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Stephen Curry told referees: “That’s f——g crazy,” after they ejected Green.

Green’s response was to run across the FedEx Forum court docket, asking followers to deliver it on earlier than he went up the tunnel. That was the capper to a primary half that went fairly poorly for Golden State, with Memphis up 61-55 on the break and Curry selecting up three fouls as well as to Green’s ejection.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, fouls Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke, resulting in Green being ejected, in the first half during Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Memphis.
Warriors ahead Draymond Green was ejected from Game 1 after dragging Brandon Clarke to the floor by his jersey.

Green isn’t any stranger to controversy, particularly within the postseason. Back in 2016, he received himself suspended for a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals, which the Warriors lost at dwelling on their method to blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers. Earlier in that postseason, Green was controversially not punished within the Western Conference Finals after showing to kick Steven Adams within the groin space.

This time round, the ejection may price the Warriors once more. 

Green had six factors and 4 rebounds with three assists and three steals, enjoying 17 minutes within the first half, prior to getting tossed. Without him, the Warriors will want to go to Jonathan Kuminga for key minutes within the second half.

Memphis is the upper seed within the sequence, although it brings much less firepower, and taking home-court benefit from the Grizzlies can be key if the Warriors are to transfer onto the convention finals for the primary time since 2019.

Their possibilities of doing so seemingly simply dropped.

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