Draymond Green got thrown out in the final seconds of Saturday’s matchup with the Charlotte Hornets, and it likely cost the Golden State Warriors the game.
Green picked up a pair of technicals after a wild scramble for a loose ball with less than 10 seconds left in the game. So, Terry Rozier hit a pair of free throws for the Hornets to tie it back up at 100. He then hit a heavily contested shot at the buzzer to give Charlotte an improbable 102-100 win.
Rozier's game winner after shooting two techs pic.twitter.com/dk1ObvWrI0
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"[Draymond] crossed the line. That's the main thing," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game, via NBC Sports.
"We love his passion and his energy, and we would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn't give him license to cross the line, and he knows that."
Draymond Green ejected late after jump ball scramble
Green got into a scramble after a jump ball at midcourt, which was awarded to the Hornets while Gordon Hayward called a timeout. Green, thinking he had possession — or at the very least, another jump ball — didn’t appreciate that call and was extremely upset.
Almost instantly, while yelling at the officials for the call, Green was thrown from the game — which set up Rozier’s four point swing in the final 9.3 seconds of the game.
Hornets won the tip and Dray was ejected after getting double techs 😳 pic.twitter.com/TAIlpp4B9j
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Kerr, while also upset with the call, criticized Green after the game.
“As for the technicals, Draymond can’t do that. He knows that,” Kerr said, via ABC7’s Casey Pratt. “He made a terrible mistake getting T’d up and giving them the chance to shoot two free throws and tie the game.”
Kerr on Draymond Green's late technicals. pic.twitter.com/IMQ4cgjJCf
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Green, forward Eric Paschall said after the game, actually apologized to the locker room for his behavior that cost them the contest.
“He said it was his fault. He took ownership,” Paschall said, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “We still rocking with Dray no matter what. S*** happens in the NBA. Learn from it.”
Green finished with five points and seven rebounds in the loss. Kelly Oubre led the Warriors with 25 points, and Andrew Wiggins put up 19. Golden State was without Stephen Curry, who was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to an illness.
Rozier led Charlotte with 36 points while shooting an impressive 8-of-11 from the 3-point line. P.J. Washington added 15 points and five rebounds, and Hayward dropped 13.
"Guys played their asses off," Kerr said, via The Athletic's Anthony Slater. "I love coaching this team. I enjoy working with them. They compete. But we've gotta get better. We've gotta learn how to close games. Our execution has to improve."
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