Nate wrote about the ejection here, and we’ve got some thoroughly unexciting video for you.
That kind of says it all. What did he do wrong? Of course we can’t hear (or see) what he says, but from what we can see, that’s a ridiculously quick and unwarranted ejection.
Not surprisingly, the Warriors were confused, though they remained pretty diplomatic. According to NBC Sports Bay Area, coach Steve Kerr said, “All I saw was that he waved his hand. I don't know what he said. It didn't look like it warranted an ejection, but I was 100 feet away, so it's hard for me to really tell you what happened. But it seemed like a quick trigger.”
Teammate Kevin Durant said, “I was on the bench. I didn't get to see what happened. I just heard the ref tech him up. But I think they said he waved his arm. I just don't even know what to say to that.”
Durant went on to explain that it’s important for players and refs to see each other’s side, and communicate appropriately, saying, “It's just a matter of talking it out as men and figuring it out. If you're wrong, just move on. If you're right, just apologize if you made a mistake. I think that's what's been happening lately with a lot of refs I've been talking to. If they miss a call, they'll tell us and if we feel like they missed one, they'll explain themselves. So just got to talk it out.”
Green, for his part, wanted no part of talking about the ejection, likely fearing a fine if he were to speak his mind.
I always get a little worried when a player is ejected so quickly. It sometimes means that the player said something really inappropriate. But in this case, it likely is a matter of Green’s reputation preceding him. So it goes.
Both Green and Durant will have to be careful around refs. Green now has 10 technical fouls, and Durant eight. Once a player accumulates 16 technical fouls in a single season, they are suspended a game every time they’re T’d up.