Draymond Green 'bothered' by ejection vs. Hornets more than 2016 Finals ban: 'I was dead-ass wrong'
Draymond Green regretted a few technical fouls on Monday that caused the Golden State Warriors to lose on Saturday.
In fact, the exclusion in the event of a loss to the Charlotte Hornets in the regular season "bothers" him more than his ban for game 5 of the 2016 NBA final. The Warriors lost this game and ultimately the series in seven games against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Let Green explain.
"I was totally wrong"
"I was totally wrong," said Green of his actions that triggered the technical fouls on Saturday. "Not that I was wrong, like I said, about the first technology itself. Whatever the situation, if I have the first technology, I can't get the second technology. And so I was a little disappointed . I am still a little disappointed in myself.
"This whole situation bothered me ... more than being banned from the fifth game of the NBA Finals in 2016. The reason it bothered me more ... I was in complete control of this situation in particular I let go of this control. In return, I let go of the game from myself and my teammates. "
Hornets turned Green's technique into a victory
In case you missed it, the Hornets tied the game at the free throw line after two late technical fouls on Green, seconds before Terry Rozier hit the victorious summer beater against the Warriors on Saturday.
With Golden State in the 100-98 lead, Green and Hornet's striker Gordon Hayward battled for a loose ball after a jump ball on center court. Hayward secured the top and fell to the ground before Green dived to challenge Hayward's control of the ball.
Officials ruled that Hayward secured the possession and a timeout with 9.3 seconds remaining. Green was angry.
He pulled a technical foul to protest the call and didn't stop. He picked up another technician who resulted in his ejection and two free throws that Rozier hit to finish the game at 100. When the Hornets took the ball in in subsequent possession, Rozier did the following:
Ball game. 102-100, Hornets.
Green's behavior on the pitch was severely condemned after the game by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
"He's crossed the line. That's the main thing," Kerr told reporters. "We love his passion and his energy and we wouldn't be the team we are without him. But that doesn't give him a license to cross the line and he knows it."
Green confirmed Kerr's criticism on Monday with his Mea Culpa.
Was that really worse than the Green's Finals ban?
How does Saturday's ejection compare to Green's suspension in the NBA final? It seems he still blames the NBA more than he does himself.
At this point in his career, Green had developed a habit of attacking the opponent's groin. A groin shot at LeBron James in Game 4 of the final (: 49 down) resulted in his fourth apparent foul in the playoffs, a threshold that was accompanied by an automatic ban for Game 5.
The league assessed the apparent foul retrospectively after reviewing the video and Green disagreed with the decision.
The Warriors, who were 3-1 ahead, lost Game 5, 112-97. While it was a huge lead, it is not unreasonable to judge that Prime Green could have turned the tide in Golden State where a win could have come secured an NBA championship. Instead, Cleveland won three times in a row to secure its only NBA title.
But Green apparently still believes that his habitual groin hunting did not warrant exposure. And that's apparently why he's more bothered by an ejection if he lost to the Hornets in the regular season in 2021.
Draymond Green was furious with the officers on Saturday. (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)
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