‘Assistance needed’: Draymond Green ejected for delivering a punch to Jusuf Nurkić

Draymond Green’s temper continues to be his downfall while the Golden State Warriors struggle to win basketball games.

The Warriors suffered another defeat on Tuesday night, losing 119-116 to the Phoenix Suns. The frustration escalated when Green was once again ejected after hitting Jusuf Nurkić in the face during their on-court battle in the third quarter.

Golden State, a team with four titles in the last decade, currently holds a 10-13 record this season, and Green could potentially face a league suspension once more. This incident comes less than a month after Green served a five-game suspension for a confrontation with Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In a post-game interview, Green admitted his fault, but it remains uncertain if he will face further punishment from the NBA.

“I was trying to sell the call by swinging away while Jusuf was pulling my hip,” Green said. “I made contact with him accidentally. Normally, I don’t apologize for intentional actions, but I do apologize to Jusuf because hitting him wasn’t my intention.”

Green’s ejection marks his 18th, making him the player with the most ejections among active players. This incident could potentially result in additional disciplinary action due to Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior, as noted in his previous penalty.

“We need him, we need Draymond,” emphasized Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “We’ve had conversations with him about this. He needs to find a way to maintain composure and be there for his teammates.”

The outburst from Green appeared to come out of nowhere. While battling for position with Nurkić early in the third quarter, Green seemed to lose his balance briefly. However, he abruptly turned around and struck Nurkić in the face with his right hand.

“I don’t know what’s going on with him,” Nurkić expressed. “Personally, I believe he needs help. I’m relieved he didn’t try to choke me this time. That incident had nothing to do with basketball. I was simply playing the game.”

Nurkić initially fell to the ground but managed to continue playing after some time. The referees reviewed the play and deemed Green’s action a Flagrant 2 foul, leading to an automatic ejection.

“It appeared to be a reckless and dangerous play,” commented Suns coach Frank Vogel. “I’m concerned about the safety of our players in situations like this. I didn’t appreciate it. The referees did what was necessary, and the league will take appropriate action.”

Aside from Green’s ejection, other Warriors players were frustrated for different reasons on Tuesday. In the final minutes, coach Kerr opted for a lineup primarily consisting of reserves, benching Klay Thompson, a five-time All-Star.

Thompson, who only scored seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in 27 minutes, exhibited visible disappointment after the game. These are challenging times for a proud franchise that has enjoyed significant success over the past decade.

“Of course, it frustrates me,” Thompson declared. “Do you think I’ll just accept it? I’m incredibly competitive, man. I can confidently say that I’m one of the most competitive individuals to wear this uniform.

“Whatever – I guess I didn’t perform up to par tonight,” Thompson added regarding his benching. “I deserved it.”

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