February 27, 2024


Golden State Warriors ahead Draymond Inexperienced (23) shields the ball from Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker through the first half of an NBA basketball sport, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Picture/Rick Scuteri) Rick Scuteri/AP Picture

PHOENIX (AP) — Draymond Inexperienced retains shedding his mood. Golden State retains shedding basketball video games.

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The Warriors dropped one other one on Tuesday evening, falling 119-116 to the Phoenix Suns. It was a irritating night made worse when Inexperienced was ejected as soon as once more after hitting Jusuf Nurkic within the face whereas the 2 have been battling for place within the third quarter.

Golden State, a franchise that has received 4 titles over the previous decade, is 10-13 this season and now Inexperienced may be dealing with one other league suspension. It’s been lower than a month for the reason that four-time All-Star was suspended 5 video games by the NBA for placing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert right into a headlock throughout an altercation in November.

The 33-year-old gave a mea culpa following Tuesday’s sport, however it’s unclear if he can escape additional punishment from the NBA.

“He was pulling my hip and I used to be swinging away to promote the decision,” Inexperienced defined. “I made contact with him. As you recognize, I’m not one to apologize for issues I meant to do, however I do apologize to Jusuf, as a result of I didn’t intend to hit him.”

Inexperienced’s 18th ejection, most amongst lively gamers, was one other bewildering second for the veteran ahead. It might result in additional self-discipline, particularly as a result of the league cited Inexperienced’s historical past of unsportsmanlike acts when issuing its earlier penalty.

“We want him, we want Draymond,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “He is aware of that, we’ve talked to him. He’s acquired to discover a method to maintain his poise and be on the market for his teammates.”

Inexperienced’s outburst seemingly got here out of nowhere. He and Nurkic have been battling for place early within the third when the 2 acquired just a little tangled. Inexperienced appeared to barely lose his stability, however then inexplicably wheeled round and smacked Nurkic within the face together with his proper hand.

“What’s happening him, I don’t know,” Nurkic mentioned. “Personally, I really feel like that brother wants assist. I’m glad he didn’t attempt to choke me … That had nothing to do with basketball. I’m simply on the market attempting to play basketball.”

Nurkic instantly crumpled to the bottom after the hit however ultimately acquired up and stayed within the sport. The referees reviewed the play earlier than calling Inexperienced for a Flagrant 2 foul, which causes an automated ejection.

“It simply appeared like a reckless, harmful play,” Suns coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “I’m delicate to our guys getting hit on performs like that. I didn’t prefer it. The refs did what they needed to do. The league will do what they should do.”

Different Warriors have been upset on Tuesday for causes that had nothing to do with Inexperienced’s ejection. Kerr performed a lineup with principally reserves within the closing minutes, benching five-time All-Star Klay Thompson.

Thompson — who scored seven factors on 2-of-10 taking pictures in 27 minutes — was clearly upset after the sport. For a proud franchise that’s had a ton of success over the previous over the previous 10 years, these are powerful days.

“After all it frustrates me,” Thompson mentioned. “Suppose I’m simply gonna chill? I’m freaking aggressive, man. On the finish of the day, I’m one of the vital aggressive folks to place this uniform on. I can say that with confidence.

“No matter — I assume I didn’t deliver it tonight,” the guard mentioned of his benching. “Deserved it.”