The National Basketball Association has suspended Golden State Warriors Forward Draymond Green for one game. As a result, the Michigan State product will not be able to join his teammates on the court at Oracle Arena when the Sacramento Kings come to town on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
The decision to suspend Draymond Green for Golden State’s upcoming playoff game stems from his actions on Monday night in Sacramento. With approximately seven minutes left in regulation, Sacramento Kings Guard Malik Monk drove to the basket before pulling up and attempting a floater. As the ball made its way to the rim, Warriors Forward Klay Thompson and Damontas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings jockeyed for position. Ultimately, the ball bounced off the rim and Steph Curry grabbed the rebound. Curry turned and began push the ball up the court as Klay Thompson turned and ran toward the opposite end of the floor. Sabonis fell to the ground and his arms wrapped around Green’s leg. The Warriors forward eventually attempted to run back towards the other basket, but his leg was tangled in Sabonis’ arms. Green was able to pull his leg free and stomped on Sabonis’ torso in the process. Moments later, he was ejected and the Kings went on to win the game.
“My leg got grabbed — the second time in two nights — and the referee is just watching. I got to land my foot somewhere, and I’m not the most flexible person, so it’s not stretching that far,” Green said after the game.
“I can only step so far with someone pulling my leg away.”
Draymond Green will miss Thursday’s game against the Kings, but he is expected to be available for Game Four on Sunday, April 23.
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