Draymond Green should not have been thrown out late in the first half of the Warriors’ game against the New York Knicks on Thursday night at Chase Center.
Shortly after the Warriors lost 119-104 to the Knicks, coach Steve Kerr revealed what the referees told him at half-time shortly after throwing Green.
“At half-time Ben Taylor came out and told me it was a mistake that John Butler didn’t realize that Draymond was yelling at his teammate,” Kerr told reporters in a video interview after the game. “He thought she was screaming at him.”
Green was knocked out with just over a minute left in the first half. After a turnaround in an attempt to enter James Wiseman, Green screamed a center rookie as the Warriors returned to defense. It was loud enough that the screams could be heard from the NBC Sports Bay Area broadcast.
Butler apparently thought that Green was shouting at him and sentenced him to a second technical foul, as a result of which he was automatically thrown out.
The Warriors did not play very well and were 63-57 behind the Knicks at half-time, but Green̵
“Obviously, Draymond is one of our best and most influential players, so it hurt us, but we played very badly anyway,” Kerr told reporters. “I’m not going to talk about the refereeing, I’m going to talk about our bad game. We’re just fouling all the time. We’re dead last in the foul league, I think free throws are allowed. And you can’t win matches when you’re fouling, you’re fouling You have to take the ball out of the net after a team shoots with free throws.
“You can’t build any rhythm at all. We had four fouls in the first 55 seconds of the fourth quarter, so we are what we are and obviously we have to do a better job. We are undisciplined and we have to find a way to defend without to be polluted. “
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Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, said the Warriors had missed their lead.
“It makes a big difference,” Wiggins told reporters. “Draymond is a huge part of this team on both sides of the floor. His presence, even on the bench, is huge. We obviously missed him tonight.”
After reviewing the game’s film, the league is likely to cancel Green’s second technical rating. But that doesn’t ease the pain of his absence in the second half of Thursday night.