Draymond Green has a monitor file of getting banned from playoff video games on the worst attainable occasions. His notorious Game 5 suspension through the 2016 NBA Finals helped launch Cleveland’s legendary comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship. Now, because the Golden State Warriors take on the Memphis Grizzlies within the second spherical of this postseason, Green has been ejected in the course of an in depth Game 1.
The play got here on the finish of the second quarter. Green was referred to as for a foul when he pulled down Grizzlies massive man Brandon Clarke by the jersey. On replay, it was referred to as a flagrant-2 foul as “extreme and pointless.” Green initially slapped Clarke with a wind-up earlier than pulling him down.
As the officers watched the replay on the video monitor, Grizzlies followers chanted “throw him out” at Green.
When Green did discover out he was getting ejected, he made a giant present of his exit, dancing and hyping up the group as he left the ground.
The Grizzlies led 55-53 when Green was ejected. They prolonged that result in 61-55 when the 2 groups went to the locker rooms for halftime.
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Golden State depends on Green to play vital minutes for them at middle within the postseason. His absence additional strains Kevon Looney, usually a reasonably low-utilization participant, and Jonathan Kuminga, a rookie taking part in in his first postseason. The Warriors struggled to a 16-13 file throughout his 29-sport midseason absence. Winning this collection with out residence-court docket benefit simply turned a complete lot harder.