NBA playoffs: Draymond Green gets one-game suspension without pay after stamp on Domantas Sabonis

Golden State forward Draymond Green has been suspended for one game without pay after stepping on the chest of Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis during Monday’s playoff loss.

The NBA made the announcement late on Tuesday, with the decision meaning Green will now miss Game Three of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Kings on Thursday night.

Executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars confirmed the decision, while a statement from the NBA said: “The suspension was based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.

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Highlights of the Golden State Warriors against the Sacramento Kings in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs

Golden State trail the best-of-seven series 2-0 ahead of Thursday’s home match at the Chase Center, the first time during the Stephen Curry era the Warriors have been down by two games in their last 28 playoff series.

What did Green do?

In the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 114-106 Game Two win Monday night, Green stomped on the chest of Sabonis after Curry grabbed a defensive rebound.

With the Warriors pushing the ball up court and Sabonis on the ground, Green took a hard step on Sabonis, who stayed down for several minutes as officials reviewed the play.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) talks to referee Zach Zarba (15) before he was ejected from Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs after stomping on the chest of Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis, Monday, April 17, 2023, in Sacramento, Calif.  (AP Photo/Randall Benton)
Draymond Green has been issued with a one-game suspension by the NBA for the incident

Sabonis was called for a technical foul for grabbing Green’s leg and Green was given a flagrant-2 foul that led to an automatic ejection.

“My leg got grabbed,” said Green, referring to a play in Game 1 with Malik Monk. “Second time in two nights. Referees just watch it. I have to land my feet somewhere. I’m not the most flexible person, so it’s not stretching that far.”

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Draymond Green defended his ejection after he appeared to stamp on Domantas Sabonis during their Game 2 match in the NBA playoffs, while Shaquille O’Neal said he would have done the same thing

Green’s past disciplinary problems

Green has long walked a fine line of pushing the limits with officials—and has even expressed he now feels they’re out to get him. The 33-year-old has been called for six flagrant fouls and 27 technical fouls in 147 career playoff games and ejected in one against Memphis last season.

In 2016, Green was suspended for a crucial Game Five loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after accumulating too many flagrant fouls in the playoffs that season. The warriors wound up losing in seven.

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Coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers have long supported Green’s fiery nature that leads to technical fouls. Myers even sat with Green next door to Oracle Arena at the Oakland Coliseum when Green was suspended for that 2016 game.

In November 2018, Green was suspended by the Warriors for conduct detrimental to the team. Green had secured a rebound in an overtime loss to the Clippers and, with Kevin Durant calling for the ball, dribbled the length of the court into traffic as the Warriors failed to get a shot off.

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