The Athletic’s Boston Celtics beat reporter, Jay King, took a shot at the idea that Draymond Green was only suspended for Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals’ No. 3-No. 6 matchup due to his “incitement” of the Golden 1 Center crowd after an altercation with Domantas Sabonis — one that appeared as though he stomped Sabonis after having his leg grabbed by the Sacramento center.
The Warriors ended up winning 114-106 in Game 2 following Green’s ejection in the fourth quarter.
Warriors agree with Boston Celtics analyst about Draymond Green suspension
Unsurprisingly, the Athletic’s Boston Celtics beat reporter King and the Warriors organization saw eye to eye on the matter of Green’s suspension — one that comes at a most inopportune time for Golden State down 0-2 in the series. ESPN’s Zach Lowe went into further detail on his Lowe Post podcast.
“The Warriors were shocked and caught off guard last night,” Lowe said. “There is some anger within the organization toward the league. There’s a sense in the organization that Sabonis is shoving people on offensive rebounds and playing with his elbows out and using the ball as a weapon on offense. ‘So of course someone eventually retaliated.’ You can give that any validity you want.”
Green and the Warriors organization will have a tough decision to make in the 2023 or 2024 offseason depending on whether the polarizing forward opts out of his player option for the 2023-24 season. If Green demands a raise, it’s tough to see Golden State giving it to him.