Gobert called Green’s chokehold of him a “clown behavior,” according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
“Every time Steph [Curry] doesn’t play, [Green] doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph so he does anything he can to get ejected,” Gobert said via Krawczynski.
With Curry out due to knee soreness, Green and Klay Thompson were ejected after a brawl escalated 1:43 into their second straight loss to the Timberwolves, 104-101.
It all started when Thompson and Jaden McDaniels jawed at each other which ended in a tug-of-war of their jerseys. Gobert grabbed Thompson from behind to take him away from McDaniels. Green charged at Gobert and put him in a chokehold, violently dragging him away from the scene.
It was ugly.
For Gobert, it was a “clown behavior.”
Green was hit with a Flagrant Foul-Penalty 2 while Thompson and McDaniels were assessed with double technical fouls. All three were ejected.
Gobert escaped unscathed and nailed the two free throws off Green’s flagrant foul.
The Warriors started the game with a Green chokehold. It ended in a choke job.
Sans Green and Thompson, the Warriors leaned on rookie Brandin Podziemski’s career-high 23 points as they led by as many as 12 in the second half. But the Timberwolves regained their composure to finish the job.
Minnesota (8-2) extended its winning streak to seven and is now just half-game behind league-leader Denver (9-2).
Golden State’s losing skid continued to four, wiping out the good vibes of a 6-2 start.
And now comes the tough part.
Will the NBA throw the book on Green, whose checkered past will certainly factor in?
Tuesday night’s ejection was Green’s second over the past three games.
Clamor for Draymond Green Suspension
Several local and national reporters and commentators clamored for Green’s suspension following his second ejection of the season.
Green’s chokehold came after he slammed his critics on an Instagram story following his first ejection last November 12 against Cleveland.
“I’m in year 12 and y’all still telling me to stop being Draymond. Don’t get a tech… blah blah blah. 12 years later and y’all still trying to coach me on how to be ME? I am better at being Draymond than ANYBODY!! Imagine if I told y’all how to do your job. You’d look at me crazy… I thought y’all should know how dumb you all look trying to tell me how to be me. If y’all had some advice for your own lives the world would be a much better place and you would be FAR better at your JOB than your mediocre outputs. Happy Sunday good people! Right back at it like an addict,” Green posted on his Instagram story.
Warriors Rookie’s Career Night Spoiled
Podziemski made his best Curry impersonation, hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter as the Warriors took an 83-76 lead.
The 20-year-old rookie logged 23 points on 50% shooting with seven rebounds and five assists — all career highs.
But it went all for naught as Karl Anthony-Towns rescued the Timberwolves from the jaws of defeat.
Towns dropped 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter then Mike Conley iced the game with a cold 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds.