Draymond Green and Marcus Morris aren’t known to back down from anything, and the two firebrands got heated during Wednesday night’s Warriors-Clippers game.
Near the end of the first half Green started things off by inexplicably throwing the ball at Russell Westbrook’s head and earning his 16th technical foul of the season. On Thursday, the league notified the Warriors that Green would be suspended for Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
After Wednesday's loss, Green told reporters he was going to try and avoid a suspension.
"I expect something to change," Green said to reporters in LA. "I got one tech this year because a ref yelled at me and I said, 'If I yell at you, I'm gonna get a fine.' I got a tech for it. So, I think something will change. If that's a tech, then every word you say on the court is a tech. We'll see."
Green often sits on 15 technicals by the end of the season but finally crossed the line in his 11th NBA season.
"I didn't expect it to be rescinded," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told 95.7 The Game on Thursday. "You know, that was pretty clear. If you throw a ball at someone, you're gonna get a tech."
Later in the second quarter Wednesday night, Draymond and Morris got tangled up before the Clippers forward was handed Flagrant 2 foul and an ejection after elbowing Draymond in the head going for a rebound.
In the end, the Warriors lost 134-126, wasting a 50-point masterclass from Steph Curry, who went 20-of-28 from the field and 8-of-14 from 3-point land.
Draymond’s defense and leadership will be sorely missed in Atlanta, as the Warriors are now riding a nine-game losing streak on the road. But Golden State added Anthony Lamb to the roster full time on Thursday, so he will be available.