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Draymond Green has a track record of getting banned from playoff games at the worst possible times. His infamous Game 5 suspension during the 2016 NBA Finals helped launch Cleveland’s legendary comeback from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship. In the latest incident, Green was ejected from the Golden State Warriors’ one-point Game 1 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

The play came at the end of the second quarter. Green was called for a foul when he pulled down Grizzlies big man Brandon Clarke by the jersey. On replay, it was called a Flagrant 2 foul as “excessive and unnecessary.” Green initially slapped Clarke with a wind-up before pulling him down. 

Following the game, Green called the ejection a “reputation thing” during an episode of his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show.”

“Very interesting one,” Green said. “One thing about that foul is I actually tried to hold him up. Well, I wasn’t told anything cause I left the court, but guys were told I was ejected for throwing him down, which is very interesting because even once he hit the ground I still was holding his jersey.”

Green further explained his case:

“A Flagrant 2. I mean — unnecessary contact. I can’t quite say it was unnecessary because I was trying to stop him from making a bucket and getting an and one. So I can’t quite say it was unnecessary. Excessive — I didn’t even really make contact with the guy’s body so excessive would be a bit extreme. 

If a guy is flying off of one leg then maybe you say, ‘alright, he was in an unsafe position, he couldn’t protect himself, Flagrant 2.’ A guy jumping off two feet straight up and down, who then sells a foul and dives to the floor — can’t quite say he was in an unsafe position. 

So I guess me trying to explain this flagrant foul to you, your guess is just as good as mine. By definition, if we go through the definition of a Flagrant 2 foul, I’m not sure that play would quite be the definition of a flagrant foul. I’m not sure it would meet that criteria.”

The NBA does not plan reduce Green’s foul to a Flagrant 1 after a review, The Athletic reported Monday. That means if Green gets two more Flagrant 1 fouls or another Flagrant 2 foul in the playoffs, he will be suspended for one game.

As the officials watched the replay on the video monitor, Grizzlies fans chanted “throw him out” at Green.

When Green did find out he was getting ejected, he made a big show of his exit, dancing and hyping up the crowd as he left the floor.

Despite Green’s absence, the Warriors were able to escape with a dramatic win thanks to a late 3-pointer by Klay Thompson and a missed layup by Ja Morant at the buzzer. But while they got away with this one, the Warriors will need Green to stay on the floor for the remainder of the playoffs. 



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