‘Draymond acting like his foot is caught in a bear trap’: Fan brutally beats Warriors’ Draymond Green after he was sacked for stepping on Domantas Sabonis in the playoffs against Kings
The Golden State Warriors suffered a 114-106 loss to the Sacramento Kings in Game 2 of their first round playoff series. The game was marred by the ejection of Draymond Green, who stomped on the chest of Kings forward Domantas Sabonis after Sabonis fell to the ground and grabbed Green’s leg. The incident was ruled by the umpires as an automatic ejection and flagrant 2 foul.
After the game, fans took to social media to express their thoughts on Green’s actions. One fan in particular, @WarriorsTalk, slammed Green for his behavior on the pitch, writing: “Draymond is acting like his foot is caught in a bear trap. This guy has no class. Sabonis grabbed his leg, but he didn’t have to trample him like that. He deserves to be kicked out. The referees made the right decision.”
For his part, Green defended his actions, stating that his leg had been grabbed for the second time in two nights and he needed to land his foot somewhere. He also criticized officers for not doing more to protect him. “Referees just watch. I have to put my foot down somewhere, and I’m not the most flexible person, so it doesn’t stretch that far. I can only go so far and pull my leg away so that’s what it is. The explanation [from the officials for the ejection] I was stomped too hard.”
The incident between Green and Sabonis marked the second altercation between the two players in as many games. In Game 1, Green sat on Sabonis to prevent him from getting back into the game at the other end of the floor.
Despite the drama on the pitch, Sabonis approached the situation maturely in his post-match interview. “It’s playoff basketball,” Sabonis said. “Look at the fans, that’s it. We are here to fight. Every time we step onto the ground, we will give our all for our teammates and the franchise. We both fight for the rebound. We fell on top of each other, things happen, it’s basketball, we have to move on, next game.
Green’s ejection had a significant impact on the Warriors’ Game 2 performance. They were outplayed 23-19 on the stretch after Green left the game, and he finished the game with eight points, four rebounds, five assists and five turnovers.
Draymond Green: History of Post-Season Ejections and Suspensions
This isn’t the first time Green has been left out of a postseason game. He was also kicked out of Game 1 of the Warriors’ second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies last season for fouling and then throwing down Brandon Clarke.
Green was also infamously suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 Finals for his low blow on LeBron James, an incident that likely cost the Warriors the championship this season.
Green’s history of being kicked out and post-season suspension has led many fans and analysts to question his on-pitch behavior. While some argue Green’s intensity and passion make him a valuable player, others believe he needs to control his emotions and avoid unnecessary confrontations with other players.
As the Warriors take on the Kings in Game 3 of their series, it remains to be seen how Green’s sacking will impact the team’s performance. They must band together and put the incident behind them if they hope to come out on top and advance to the next round of the playoffs.