Kendra AndrewsESPN3 minutes to read
San Francisco — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green committed his 17th technical foul, which would result in a $5,000 fine.
If Green picks the 18th technical he will be suspended for one game.
The technical foul came Thursday night with 3:45 remaining in the second quarter of the Warriors’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
After Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram received the ball inside the perimeter, Green appeared to lower his shoulder and push Ingram. As Ingram made his way from the baseline to the court, he approached Green, and the two exchanged words, leading to some mild scrambling.
Called for a technical double, Green was also rated a flagrant 1 foul for the push.
About 20 seconds later, Green almost picked up another technician after an incident with Herbert Jones.
As Green went for a layup, he collided with Jones, and after Jones hit the ground, Green landed on top of him. The two tangled, with Green’s legs wrapping around Jones’ torso as Jones tried to get up.
More scrambling from several players ensued before the scrum was broken up by the umpires and team security. After a long video review, no technical faults were evaluated.
“For the most part I thought we kept our poise. We lost some open shots. But that’s what they do and you have to know this is a team that thrives on scrimmage,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “Especially Draymond. That’s what he did tonight. I thought it was a physical match. It was a good test for us. Like I said, I love our competitive spirit.”
His players agreed.
“I just play basketball,” said Pelicans forward Herbert Jones. “I don’t get into the extra stuff. I just try to focus on the task at hand.” “I think a lot of guys let that kind of talk distract them from the main goal of trying to win the basketball game. I don’t really care about all the talking that goes on. I just try to do whatever my teammates want me to do.”
Later, Pelicans guard CJ McCollum made a flagrant 1 error with 6:43 left in the third quarter when he passed Warriors guard Donte DiVincenzo with his arms up, and pushed DiVincenzo down with his arms up.
It was initially ruled a common foul on the ground but upgraded after a formal review.
Under the league’s flagrant fatal penalty point system, McCollum could face a suspension if he was hit with 2 flagrant fouls or 2 flagrant fouls. A flagrant foul is worth 1 point and a flagrant foul 2 is worth 2 points. If a player exceeds five points, he earns a one-match ban after the match in which he exceeds five points.
McCollum has an amazing four 1-points this season, which gives him four points.
Amid the imbalance, Stephen Curry had 39 points with eight three-pointers, eight rebounds and eight assists, Jordan Paul scored 21 with consecutive layups that gave Golden State the lead early in the fourth, and the Warriors rallied to win 120-109.
ESPN’s Andrew Lopez contributed to this report.
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