Good Morning Dub Nation,
The Golden State Warriors lost their Game 2 matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, 114-106. After just two games, the intensity between both teams is reaching a boiling point as the conversation after the matchup was dominated by this fourth quarter incident between Draymond Green and Kings’ center Domantas Sabonis.
Sabonis is down after Draymond stepped on him. pic.twitter.com/6MwsNLT2Pj— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 18, 2023
After a missed shot led to a Warriors’ rebound, Sabonis appears to grab onto Green’s ankle while laying on the floor. Green reacts by stomping on Sabonis’ chest while trying to free himself from his grip. The incident resulted in Green’s ejection from the game while Sabonis was assessed a technical foul. Here are both of their perspectives on the play.
Draymond Green on his Game 2 ejection pic.twitter.com/MYZpnobxiK— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 18, 2023
"There's no room for that in our game today."— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) April 18, 2023
Domas shares his perspective of the incident with Draymond pic.twitter.com/GmjNccjDin
Green’s aggressive reaction to being held as well as his past reputation could lead to a potential suspension from the league. This would be a huge blow to the Warriors chances of regaining control of the series as Green’s versatility on the defensive side of the floor has been a key component of Golden State’s game plan. Having said that, the Kings and head coach Mike Brown are doing their parts to make the league, at the very least, consider the possibility of a suspension.
Mike Brown on the Draymond ejection: “Flagrant 2 for sure. It’ll be interesting to see what the NBA does when they review it.” pic.twitter.com/uXOJD4tKA6— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 18, 2023
Sacramento Kings All-Star Domantas Sabonis is undergoing X-rays on his ribs/lungs, sources tell ESPN. Sabonis is getting evaluated after Draymond Green stepped on him in Game 2.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 18, 2023
It’s also worth noting that shortly after news of Sabonis’ X-rays was announced, Green requested for his right ankle to be X-rayed
in one of his greatest acts of sheer pettiness due to an injury he felt was sustained while being held by the Kings’ center.
Warriors star Draymond Green asked for an X-ray on his right ankle after the Game 2 loss to the host Kings after feeling soreness, source confirmed to @andscape @espn. Source adds Green believes the injury came when Kings star Domantas Sabonis grabbed his ankle before the stomp.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) April 18, 2023
With three days in between games, the fallout from Game 2 should be an interesting storyline to follow. The Warriors will now head back home to San Francisco, looking to recover from an 0-2 series deficit for the first time during this dynasty run.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- Warriors are being blasted by Mike Brown’s intimate knowledge of their philosophy
- Player grades: Game 2
- Warriors plant their backs against the wall with 114-106 loss
- Warriors split tiebreakers, get No. 19 pick
- Draymond Green finishes 4th in DPOY
Other Warriors News:
- Draymond Green ejected after hard step on Domantas Sabonis’ chest (ESPN)
- Kawakami: The Kings are a stress test for the Warriors, and the role players are failing it (The Athletic)
- Warriors observations: Draymond Green ejected in Game 2 loss to Kings (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins ‘forever grateful’ for team support during absence (Andscape)
- Saturday Ratings: ABC Tops Prime Time with Kings’ Thrilling First Round Game One NBA Playoff Victory Over Warriors (Programming Insider)
- NBA players must play minimum of 65 games to earn MVP, all-league honors: Sources (The Athletic)
- Harper: Why the NBA needs to ban the charge (because it’s stupid and needs to go away) (The Athletic)
- Paul George to B/R: ‘This Is the Reason Why Russ Was Such a Huge Pickup’ (Bleacher Report)
- 76ers ‘get it right’ after Doc Rivers’ timeout, down Nets in Game 2 (ESPN)
- Jaren Jackson Jr. named 2022-23 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year (NBA)