Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that striker Draymond Green “crossed the line” on Saturday night when he was thrown out in the final seconds after a 102-100 loss at the Charlotte Hornets.
The wild sequence that led to Green’s ejection started 9.3 seconds ahead and the Warriors 100-98 when Warriors Guard Brad Wanamaker was tied up for a jump ball by Hornets Guard LaMelo Ball. After Hornet’s swingman Gordon Hayward took the ball off the tap and fell to the ground, Green seemed to quickly tie Hayward for a jump ball. However, the hornets were given a break.
Green began arguing with officials and was quickly scored two technical fouls and thrown, giving the Hornets two free throws and the ball. Charlotte guard Terry Rozier took the line and pocketed both free throws to tie the score at 100.
Seconds later, Rozier dropped a shot from the corner at the buzzer to give the Hornets victory.
“He’s crossed the line,” Kerr said of Green. “That’s the main thing. We love his passion and his energy. We wouldn’t be the team we are without him, but that doesn’t give him a license to cross that line and he knows it.”
Crew chief Marc Davis explained Green’s discharge through a pool reporter.
“His first technical result was assessed when he used profanity at his opponent,” said Davis. “It was deemed his first technical foul for verbally mocking an opponent. He then turned his screaming profanity on a match officer and received his [second] technical foul and was usually thrown out. “
Kerr said he “didn’t have time to ask for an explanation in the heat of the moment” as the Warriors rushed to bring Juan Toscano-Anderson into play to replace Green.
But what angered Kerr and the Staff of Warriors happened in the sequence before the jump ball. Kerr said he was asking for time out before ball tied Wanamaker in order to even make the jump ball.
“There’s a lot to relax,” Kerr said over the last few seconds. “But if you just want to get to the point, it’s a very difficult call for a loose ball that becomes a bounce ball that you are given time out for. Especially because I tried time out in the exact same situation to mention as Brad had the ball on top of the key when they forced the jump ball shortly before.
“Given the exact same thing happened back to back, only we actually had the ball when I tried to take time out. And then when I watch the replay after the game, it’s a loose ball, the ball actually bounces on the ground. Draymond dives for it; I guess it should be another bounce ball. “
Davis said that, according to the officials’ verdict, the connection was established before Kerr requested a break. For his part, Wanamaker admitted that he didn’t hear Kerr calling for a break, but wasn’t sure how the sequence went.
“LaMelo ties Brad up before Kerr requests time out,” said Davis. “The post-game video confirmed this decision as correct.”
It was a decision the warriors disapproved of, but it was a moment for which Green took responsibility. The Warriors striker Eric Paschall said when the team returned to the locker room after the game, Green took the blame for picking up the two late technical fouls.
“He said it was his fault,” said Paschall. “And he took ownership like he always does as a leader. We still rock with Dray no matter what. Great guy, competitor, so it’s all good. S — happens in the NBA. We will just do it. ” Learn from it and try to come back, try to win the next one. Great leader and competitor. “
As much as Warrior’s teammates and coaches respect Green, Kerr was clearly frustrated that Green couldn’t control his emotions late in the game. For years, Green has been a leader in technical fouls as he loudly objects to various calls from officials or words from opponents. But Kerr has said repeatedly over the years that he feels like Green knows when not to cross a line.
It was a line Green crossed on Saturday, resulting in what would have been the Warriors’ most formidable win of the season, given that star guard Stephen Curry (illness) was a late scratch and centered James Wiseman (wrist). and Kevon Looney (ankle) stay out.
“Draymond can’t do that,” said Kerr. “He knows that. He made a terrible mistake in straightening T’d and giving them a chance to take two free throws and tie the game. … As his coach, it’s my job with him and the Team. That’s what we’ve done and we will continue to do so. “
Davis stated that the hornets were given time out before Green was ejected and before Green tied Hayward because the group believed the hornets took the time out.
“P. J. Washington requested time out and Gordon Hayward had clear and sole possession,” said Davis. “Typically, Charlotte was given the time-out. Post-game video review confirms this decision.”
Despite Kerr’s frustration with Green’s actions, Green’s teammates repeated a similar message about their leader after the game.
“He’s been in this league long enough,” said Damion Lee, the guardian of the warriors. “He knows what’s right and what’s wrong. And it doesn’t matter; Day after day I’ll always ride Day Day. During the good, during the bad, I’ll always ride Draymond … It doesn’t matter if I a warrior or not. That’s my type. That’s one of my vets. And I’ll always ride Day Day. “
Aside from Green’s technical fouls, Kerr spoke with a touch of sadness that his shorthanded team couldn’t close the door after fighting so hard all night without Curry.
“It’s obviously a tough loss,” said Kerr. “You don’t get tougher than this. Those are two consecutive, really difficult losses. That’s my job to organize the team and get the team emotionally ready to play against New York. We’ll keep moving forward. That’s you The NBA season is full of ups and downs and of course this is a very difficult question. But you have to prepare for the next game. “