Warriors: Draymond Green’s technical fouls growing costly

Warriors, Draymond Green (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Draymond Green picked up two technical fouls in the Golden State Warriors’ loss on Thursday and is on thin ice after two more will result in a suspension.

Throughout his career-long tenure with the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green has never been one to hide his emotions. If the former Defensive Player of the Year does not agree with a call, he is going to make sure the referee knows of it.

This feud with the officials was on full display Thursday night as Green was ejected in the team’s game versus the division-rival Los Angeles Lakers.

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Green was doing his usual barking at the referees because of his displeasure with a few calls and was given to technical fouls in the second quarter, leading to an ejection. He finished with two points, four assists, and four personal fouls in just 10 minutes before getting tossed.

The Warriors would go on to lose the game in blowout fashion, 116-86. Head coach Steve Kerr voiced his displeasure with Green to the media after the game, stating, “We needed him in the second half… We needed him out there.”

Heading into halftime with only a two-point deficit, Kerr has perfect reasoning to be upset. The Warriors were significantly outscored 40-17 in the third quarter and 22-17 in the fourth to ultimately lose by 30 points.

Green now an astounding 14 technical fouls on the season and if he were to earn two more, he would be struck with a one-game suspension.

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Although the team is going through an unfamiliar struggling phase, this would be a massive blow as they need him out on the court next to their young developing players.

With star backcourt duo Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson missing nearly the entirety of this season, Draymond Green has undoubtedly become the leader of this team.

As a three-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year, Green has plenty of knowledge he could spread on the court as the team tries to get through this season.

As of now, Green has played in 43 of the team’s 59 games, doing a little bit of everything when he is on the court. Averaging 8.0 points per game, the power forward is also grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game and dishing an identical 6.2 assists each game.

With 22 games left until this season comes to a close, it would be a miracle to see Green not receive at least two more technical fouls. His fiery personality can sometimes get the best of him, as Green is no stranger to suspensions in the past.

With Curry looking at a return date of March 1st, his return could help take some of the pressure off of Green, who has been frustrated with how this season is panning out.

The Warriors are going through some frustration as an organization as well, finding themselves with an abysmal 12-47 record. Regardless, the Warriors have been doing a stellar job building up their future in hopes of jumping back into contention next season.

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The only remaining test is getting through the remainder of this year, where the team will miss the postseason for the first time in over half a decade.