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Green explains why his ejection vs. Hornets bothered him more than Game 5 suspension


© Nell Redmond | 2021 Feb 20


Draymond Green expressed contrition for getting ejected from Saturday’s game vs. the Hornets, an ejection that allowed Charlotte the chance for a game-winning shot that they took and made.

Green spoke to reporters on Monday and reflected on his disappointment in himself.

“I’d say immediately after that game I was kind of pissed off, just on my feelings on the whole situation, on how the first tech went down more so than the second tech were my initial feelings. Anger that came from the situation. As I sat and I thought about the situation and reassessed as I had time to let the whole thing marinate and digest — I was dead-ass wrong. And not that I was wrong, like I said, for the first tech per se, but once I had the first tech I can’t get the second tech. So I was a bit disappointed. I’m still a bit disappointed in myself because I think that whole situation bothered me. I know for sure it did.”

To give an idea of how much Green regretted the incident, he said that he was bothered more by it than when he was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2016, a turning point in that series the Warriors eventually lost. Green says he had more control over the situation on Saturday, and that he is too mature, to let something like that happen.

“I’m still a bit disappointed in myself because I think that whole situation bothered me. I know for sure it did. It bothered me more than being suspended from Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2016. The reason it bothered me more than that is because, you know, you can have your thoughts on the Game 5 situation, I for sure have my thoughts on the Game 5 situation, but this situation, in particular, I had complete control over.

“I let that control get away from me and, in turn, I let the game away from myself and my teammates. I think the reason it bothered me more, obviously, as I said, your thoughts are your thoughts on the Game 5 situation and my thoughts are my thoughts. This young team, you know, winning an NBA game is not easy. And this young team has not had, you know, the guys on this team has not had much experience with winning. So to take the game away from my teammates, which, you know, they worked so hard for, was a bit frustrating for me because I let them down.”

 

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