Draymond Green has a reputation for getting things going. It seemed that the Golden State Warriors forward had eliminated kicking the opposing team’s players from his repertoire.
But, after Green drove for a layup, he ran into New Orleans Pelicans guard Herb Jones. The pair ended up tangling on the court before finally breaking up.
A scrum then broke out as several players shoved each other before team security finally intervened.
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It looks like Green was trying to kick Jones while the two were wrapped up under the basket.
Earlier in the game, Green was awarded his 17th technical foul of the season after Green got into a fight with Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram.
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Green appeared to drop his shoulder and pushed Ingram to the ground as Ingram drove to the basket in the second quarter. Ingram approached Green after the play, leading to a heated exchange between the two players.
Green was also seen yelling at Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Both players were issued technicals, with Green also receiving a flagrant 1 foul for the shoving.
«I have to play with the same intensity that I try to play every time I get on the court,» Green said. «I can’t worry about it. For me, if I’m going to change my intensity level, why be out there?»
Green routinely does things on the court to cheer on his teammates. The Warriors were able to rally from a 20-point deficit for a pivotal 120-109 win over New Orleans.
Green, a four-time NBA All-Star, previously served a one-game suspension after committing his 16th technical foul.
He now faces a $5,000 fine, unless the technical foul is rescinded within the next 24 hours. If he ultimately has to pay a fine, Green doesn’t seem to care.
«It was perfect. Perfectly executed,» Green said. «We looked dead those first 18 minutes. We had to find some energy somewhere. It wasn’t going to come on its own, especially after losing the game like we did last game; that can continue. I felt like it did. I knew we had to do something and do it quickly before the game got out of hand.
After the scrum with Jones, Kerr decided to take Green out of the game for a short period.
But, Kerr said Green’s reaction was justified.
«We need your fire,» Kerr said. «Draymond wished us victory tonight. His early frustration with the way we were playing. Angry at the world. Shouting at everyone, his bench, our bench, me and frankly, we all deserved it.»
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The win over the Pelicans helped lift the Warriors (40-37) to No. 5 in the Western Conference standings.