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Warriors ask NBA to rescind latest Draymond Green technical foul

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Draymond Green has always had a difficult time avoiding technical fouls, and the latest one he received has him one away from triggering an automatic one-game suspension. The Golden State Warriors are hoping the league will change that.

Green and Houston Rockets center Nene were both called for technical fouls when they got into a minor scuffle during the second half of Game 2 Tuesday night. Referee Ed Malloy called the techs instantly, and it did not seem like they were warranted.

The latest technical for Green gives him four already during the postseason, and picking up a fifth would result in an automatic one-game suspension. After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the team plans to ask the NBA to rescind the latest tech.

“Every time there’s an altercation, it’s a double technical. If you’re playing in the playoffs for a few rounds, those add up,” Kerr said, via Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “If the way to handle it is to call a double technical, I think the league needs to consider that.”

There is still a long way to go in the playoffs, so having that technical rescinded would make a big difference for Green and Golden State. It probably should be taken away, as Green and Nene looked like they were just talking some trash in a heated game.

We have certainly seen some instances this season where Green clearly deserves a technical foul, so it’s no surprise he rarely gets the benefit of the doubt. He was suspended for a game in the NBA Finals in 2016 because he picked up five techs in the playoffs, and that was a big reason why the Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The NBA could choose to not rescind his latest technical just to send a message, but it didn’t really seem warranted for either player.

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