Warriors’ Draymond Green Ejected Over Rudy Gobert Headlock

Draymond Green Got Ejected After Putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in a Headlock

Golden State Warriors’ star player Draymond Green got ejected after putting Minnesota Timberwolves’ player Rudy Gobert in a headlock.

Less than two minutes into the Golden State-Minnesota NBA In-Season Tournament on Tuesday night at the Chase Center, three players were ejected. In a transition play, Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels engaged in a physical altercation, pushing and grabbing each other.

Draymond Green Headlock Gobert

As the players moved from side to side in an attempt to catch up, Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert intervened to stop Thompson. Simultaneously, Draymond Green rushed towards Gobert, placing him in a headlock and pulling him away; this headlock and pull lasted for 7 seconds.

Karl-Anthony Towns also attempted to intervene by grabbing Green, but the Warriors’ player adeptly avoided the move, reminiscent of an MMA fighter evading a neck lock. When the commotion subsided, Thompson’s jersey was torn in the front from the neck, based on the video.

At the 10:17 mark of the first quarter, with the scoreboard still at 0-0, Green and Thompson were both ejected from the Warriors, and McDaniels from the Timberwolves. Thompson and McDaniels received double technicals, while Green was given a flagrant foul 2, resulting in their ejections.

This marked Green’s 18th career ejection, with the suspension looming after he was also ejected from a game just a few days prior. Green aggressively put Gobert in a headlock and refused to let go, a move deemed unnecessary and excessive conduct by crew chief Tyler Ford, who explained the situation to the pool reporter.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr argued that Thompson should not have been ejected. No fouls were called on Gobert, as he was perceived to be separating Thompson and McDaniels.

Gobert characterized Draymond’s actions as “clown behavior.” In a game where Stephen Curry was sidelined, and the Warriors lost 104-101, Towns led with 33 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Edwards contributed 20 points, and Gobert recorded 9 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

Meanwhile, Draymond accidentally got hit in the groin while vying for a rebound in the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jarrett Allen unintentionally struck Green’s sensitive area, causing him significant pain and leaving him unable to stand.

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