This marked Green's third ejection of the season, adding to the team's challenges and raising questions about the impact of a potential suspension.
Green's ejection came after he received a flagrant foul 2 for hitting Jusuf Nurkic in the head. The incident occurred with 8:23 left in the third quarter when Green, defending Nurkic, swung and made contact with the Portland Trail Blazers center. Video review led officials to deem the foul as a flagrant 2, resulting in Green's ejection.
This marks Green's third ejection of the season, tying his highest number in a single season. The first ejection occurred on November 11 against the Cleveland Cavaliers when he picked up two technical fouls.
The second came on November 14 against the Minnesota Timberwolves when Green put Rudy Gobert in a headlock. Following the latter incident, the NBA suspended Green for five games, citing his history as a repeat offender.
In a post-game statement, Green acknowledged the unintentional nature of the hit on Nurkic but now awaits a league review for the possibility of another suspension.
This presents a challenge for the Warriors, who have been dealing with Green's absence throughout the season due to ejections and a previous suspension.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shields the ball from Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, in Phoenix.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed the team's dependence on Green.
We need him. We need Draymond. He knows that. We've talked to him. He's got to find a way to keep his poise and be out there for his teammates.- Warriors coach Steve Kerr
Kerr emphasized the importance of Green maintaining his composure and being on the court for his teammates.
Like I said, if I intended to do that, then I would feel awful about not being there. But my intentions were just to sell the foul.- Draymond Green
You guys have known me long enough, if I intended to do something, I am not apologizing. But I did make contact with him, so I do apologize. ... It's a hard hit.- Draymond Green
The coach's concerns highlight the impact Green's ejections and potential suspensions could have on the team's performance.
In a post-game interview, Green apologized to Nurkic, stating that he did not intend to hit him and was attempting to sell a foul by flailing his arms.
Despite the apology, Green's history of suspensions raises questions about his on-court behavior and its consequences for the team.
I am not one to apologize for things I mean to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf because I didn't intend to hit him. I sell calls with my arms ... so I was selling the call ... and I swung and unfortunately I hit him.- Draymond Green
The timing of Green's ejection and potential suspension comes at a crucial juncture for the Warriors, who have been struggling to find consistency in their performance.
With the core group facing challenges, the absence of Green further complicates the team's efforts to establish a rhythm.
As the NBA conducts a review of the incident, the Golden State Warriors are left to contend with the aftermath of Draymond Green's third ejection.
The potential suspension adds to the team's concerns, prompting reflection on the impact of on-court behavior on both individual playersand the collective success of the Warriors as they navigate a challenging stretch in the season.