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Steve Kerr publicly criticizes Draymond Green for his ejection on Wed

Published March 28, 2024 at 12:17

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green faced his fourth ejection of the season, an early exit occurring less than four minutes into a crucial matchup against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. Green received two technical fouls for disputing calls with official Ray Acosta, with the second resulting in his automatic ejection. Coach Steve Kerr expressed his dissatisfaction with Green's behavior during the game.

"Too bad," Kerr said after the game of Green's ejection. "It was unfortunate. He deserved it. He'll bounce back. I'm just proud of the guys for stepping up."

Kerr emphasized that despite the ejection, his trust in Green remains steadfast for future games.

With 21 career ejections, Green joins elite company, trailing only Rasheed Wallace's 29 ejections in NBA history. However, Green's on-court demeanor has drawn scrutiny, highlighted by incidents like punching former teammate Jordan Poole during training camp and stomping on Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis during the playoffs.

This season alone marks Green's fourth ejection, the latest since his 12-game suspension for striking Jusuf Nurkic and a prior five-game suspension for a headlock on Rudy Gobert. Kerr has consistently advocated for accountability, echoing similar sentiments during Green's previous suspensions.

"I think the suspension makes sense," Kerr said at the time. "To me, this is about more than basketball. It's about helping Draymond. ... This is about someone who I believe in, someone who I have known for a decade, someone who I love for his loyalty, his commitment, his passion, his love for his teammates, his friends, his family. Trying to help that guy. Because the one who grabbed Rudy, choked Rudy, the one who took a wild flail at Jusuf, the one who punched Jordan [Poole] last year, that's the guy who has to change and he knows that."

As the Warriors vie for a playoff spot, their position as the 10th seed is precarious, with just a one-game lead over the Rockets. Going into their game against the Magic, missing Kuminga due to injury, Green's ejection further complicated matters, visibly irking Curry. Despite the team's season-long struggles, Green's reintegration into the lineup has catalyzed a late-season resurgence, particularly in defense. His scoring, rebounding, and three-point shooting have all seen improvements, injecting vitality into the team's performance. Notably, the Warriors' defensive efficacy spikes significantly when Green is on the court. The upcoming showdown against the Rockets carries immense importance in the Play-In race, potentially shaping the Warriors' postseason fate.

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