Draymond Green, who was coming back from his injury for the game between Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz, saw himself ejected for the seventh time in his NBA career on Monday.
Green, had returned to the lineup after missing five games due to a torn ligament in his left index finger, was whistled for two technical fouls and ejected in the fourth quarter of the Monday’s game.
With about eight and a half minutes remaining for the conclusion of the game, the Warriors were trailing 89-102, and it was the Jazz in possession. Green felt that he was charged by Mike Coloney, who was handling the ball at that moment for the Jazz. The whistle from referee went against Green, who looked in clear disagreement.
He went onto argue with the referee when he was penalised with a technical foul. A whistle for the second technical blew after he continued the discussion, which saw him being ejected.
Two months after the opening ceremony of the Chase Centre, Draymond Green became the first player ejected at the place.
“I disagreed with that call,” Green said as per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “And I’m never going to be OK with another grown man telling me ‘don’t talk’. If you feel like you got the call wrong, or right, you don’t tell me not to talk. I’m a grown man. I got my own kids. So that’s what happened.”
Warriors eventually ended the night with a ninth defeat of the season, their worst in the recent past. As for the Jazz, they claimed their seventh victory of the season- first time since 2010 after the first 10 games.
D’Angelo Russell continued to shine for the Warriors with 33 points- by far the best of the night for the Warriors. Jazz’s combination play between Mike Conley along with the big man Rudy Gobert worked well for them, against a distraught Warriors defence.