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Draymond Green flips Grizzlies fans the double bird

Draymond Green flips off the fans

Draymond Green should expect a fine from the NBA after Game 2.

Green got hit in the face early in Game 2 of his Golden State Warriors’ Western Conference semifinals series against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. As he exited the court to get examined, Green flipped the double bird to Grizzlies fans.

Green went into the locker room and received stitches for a right eye laceration, the Warriors said.

When he returned to the game later in the first half, Green still looked pretty roughed-up.

Green had 0 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the first half. You know he will address the matter and his crude actions to Warriors fans on his podcast, where he has had all kinds of things to say.

Between Green’s actions and what happened to Gary Payton II, it was an eventful first few minutes of Game 2.

Draymond Green has bold prediction for Western Conference playoffs

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is coming in hot with a prediction about this year’s West playoff race … and surprisingly one that does not have anything to do with his Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors big man said this week on an episode of his self-titled podcast for The Volume that he was predicting the Phoenix Suns to win Game 1 of their second-round matchup against Dallas … but for the Mavericks to ultimately win the series.

“This won’t be a cakewalk for the Suns,” said Green. “The Mavericks have a very good team, they’re playing really well, and they have Luka Doncic.

“Game 1, I am taking the Phoenix Suns to win the game,” Green went on. “Over the series, it’s a tough one because this Mavs team, I’m telling you, is not a pushover by any stretch of the imagination … If I have to pick one, I’m gonna pick the underdog. I’m gonna go with the Mavs. No underdog has won a series yet. At some point an underdog has to win a series, right? I’m gonna go with the Mavs.”

Green was right on the front end of his prediction. The Suns won Game 1 on Monday by the final of 121-114. But the Mavericks did indeed prove that they were no pushover either, clawing back from 21 points down to get within to five at one point. Game 1 took place in Phoenix as well, so all the Suns did was protect their homecourt.

The ex-Defensive Player of the Year Green is correct that the Mavericks have perhaps the single best player on the floor this series in Doncic, especially with Devin Booker still trying to work back from a hamstring injury. While Green has been giving some Suns hater vibes recently, the Mavericks have the three-point marksmen and the physical defenders flanking Doncic to turn this into a very competitive series in no time at all.

H/T NBA Reddit

Brandon Clarke took swipe at Draymond Green over flagrant foul

Draymond Green is who we thought he was … at least as far as Brandon Clarke is concerned.

The Memphis Grizzlies big man Clarke was on the receiving end of a flagrant foul from Green during Sunday’s Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors. Clarke was going up for a layup when Green smacked him across the face with a right hand and pulled Clarke down by the jersey with a left hand (video here). Green was ultimately assessed a Flagrant 2 and ejected.

Clarke spoke about the flagrant foul after the game, which Golden State won in a 117-116 nailbiter despite Green’s second-quarter ejection.

“He’s been known for flagrant fouls in his career,” said Clarke of Green, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “I’ve watched them on TV my whole life, it feels like. So I wasn’t really shocked.

“[Draymond] did hit me pretty hard twice, really, when I saw it again,” Clarke added. “I’m not really worried about him. It’s not shocking that he did that, that’s something that he’s done in the past.”

Clarke is right that Green has a long history of flagrant fouls, especially during the playoffs. In fact, one of Clarke’s current teammates was on the receiving end of one of Green’s most infamous flagrants several years ago.

Green’s foul on Clarke probably did not have any intent to it, but it was nevertheless a reckless play that indeed warranted an ejection. At least Green still gave the crowd quite the show after getting tossed.

Draymond Green gets Antonio Brown meme treatment after ejection

Draymons Green runs around after being ejected

Draymond Green was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul during the Golden State Warriors’ playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, and the way he left the court reminded a lot of people of a certain NFL player.

Green was ejected late in the first half after he committed a hard foul on Brandon Clarke (video here). When the Warriors star was informed of his fate, he immediately began prancing around and antagonizing the fans in Memphis.

The way Green bounced around reminded fans of when former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown stripped off his uniform and left MetLife Stadium last season. That led to some funny memes about Green’s ejection.

The Warriors strongly disagreed with the call, which was to be expected. Green has never been shy about criticizing officials in the past. It will be interesting to see if he makes his feelings known this time.

Draymond Green ejected for Flagrant 2 foul against Grizzlies

Draymond Green was ejected from Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Green committed a hard foul on Brandon Clarke with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. The foul was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 2, which led to the ejection. The official explained that the foul was changed to a Flagrant 2 because of “the windup to the face, the impact to the face, the follow through to the jersey and the throw down to the ground.”

You can see the play below:

Green ran around taunting fans at FedExForum as he made his way to the locker room.

The foul did not look all that bad in real time. Green did grab Clarke’s jersey, but he also tried to prevent him from hitting the floor hard. The blow to the head was probably the biggest issue. Green has been known to voice his feelings about controversial calls in the past, so he will likely have something to say about his ejection.

Green finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 17 minutes. The Grizzlies led 54-53 at the time of the ejection and took a 61-55 lead into the half.

Draymond Green had cool postgame message for Nikola Jokic

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is not always BFFs with opposing bigs (see: Gobert, Rudy). But there’s clearly a mutual respect shared between Green and Nikola Jokic.

After the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets this week in their first-round playoff series, Green revealed what he told Jokic during their postgame embrace.

“I told him thank you for making me better,” said Green, per Shayna Rubin of The Mercury News. “It’s an honor and pleasure to play [against] someone so skilled. Usually when you have guys that talented and skilled they’re soft. And he’s far, far from soft.”

Green was often matched up against the reigning MVP Jokic as the Warriors regularly went small and gave Green the tough task of containing the seven-footer. Though Jokic still averaged a grandiose 31.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game in the series, the Warriors were able to close out the Nuggets in five games.

The Green-Jokic matchup really gave us our money’s worth as it produced that wholesome moment plus this funny viral moment from the TNT crew.

Trae Young got duped by fake quote on Twitter

Trae Young handling the ball

Nelson Chenault-USA Today Sports

Trae Young got caught slipping on social media this week.

The Atlanta Hawks guard fell for a fake quote posted to Twitter this week by parody account Buttcrack Sports. The quote, supposedly uttered by Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green, called out Young for his poor performance in Tuesday’s elimination loss to the Miami Heat.

Young bought it hook, line, and sinker and fired back at the comment, which Green never actually made. Young quoted the fake tweet and wrote, “I think we’d ALL love (maybe not) to see Draymond as a #1 option.”

The tweet was almost believable since Green is known for making brash comments and since the quote was attributed (allegedly) to Green’s podcast “The Draymond Green Show.” But it was yet another good lesson in double-checking sources and not just believing what you see in a graphic on Twitter.

The two-time All-Star Young has since deleted his tweet response and gets to walk away with nothing more than a bruised ego. At least Young’s faux pas wasn’t nearly as bad as those of the media figures who have fallen for sham quotes on national TV before.

Draymond Green goes after Bill Simmons over Instagram

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green will not be getting a podcast on The Ringer any time soon.

The Golden State Warriors star Green targeted Bill Simmons over Instagram this week. Green was unhappy with Simmons’ recent comments about Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green and reposted an Instagram reel criticizing Simmons.

“How is it that this guy has a voice in deciding if Jalen Green will qualify for a supermax deal?” wrote Draymond. “He clearly says F Him, which sounds very personal btw. But he has a say in what someone else earns? What work has he done in his life that qualifies him to have a say in an NBA players salary? @NBA.”

Simmons, who is an official voter for the Most Valuable Player Award, All-NBA teams, and other awards, caused controversy in a recent podcast with his comments about Jalen. While Simmons maintained that he was doing so lightheartedly (as is often the case with his podcast takes), Simmons said ‘F–k Jalen Green’ during a discussion about why he voted for Pelicans forward Herb Jones for All-Rookie honors over Jalen. That sparked backlash from others even before Draymond’s comments here.

If Draymond’s problem here is that Simmons has a vote despite never having played in the NBA, the issue runs much deeper. Out of 100 media voters for last season’s awards (including Simmons), only six (TNT’s Greg Anthony, Dennis Scott, and Steve Smith and ESPN’s Jon Barry, Mark Jackson, and Jalen Rose) were former NBA players.

Meanwhile, Jalen himself won’t be affected much by what Simmons thinks of him, as All-Rookie selections don’t matter for supermax considerations. Under the Derrick Rose Rule, a player with less than seven years experience is eligible for a max contract worth 30 percent of the salary cap if he makes (a) an All-NBA team, (b) wins Defensive Player of the Year, or (c) wins MVP within certain timing criteria. Thus, Jalen has a lot more work to do and a lot more voters to win over besides Simmons to become supermax-eligible.

Draymond’s larger point may be that it is inane to attach contract eligibility to subjective votes by media members, which is a fair argument. But this is far from the first time that Simmons has created a firestorm with his comments about young players.

Draymond Green throws shade at the Suns

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is taking a bit of a risk by giving the Phoenix Suns some bulletin board material early in the playoffs.

Green discussed the Suns on his “The Draymond Green Show” podcast, posted on Friday. The Golden State Warriors forward suggested that Devin Booker’s injury was a big deal for the Suns, because combined with Chris Paul’s age, it gives the New Orleans Pelicans the two best players on the floor in Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum.

“That’s a big loss for Phoenix. That loss gives New Orleans the two best players on the court, which is hard to overcome,” Green said of Booker’s injury. “No disrespect to CP. CP’s 37. I don’t personally think CP’s going to give you all of that for 48 straight minutes at this age. He can give it to you in stretches, but to carry the load for 48 straight minutes game after game after game, that is a very tough thing to do.”

Green is offering his unfiltered analysis here, for better or worse. Plenty would disagree, particularly with the notion that Paul is not capable of carrying a team anymore. There’s some risk here as well, as it is entirely possible the Warriors and Suns face off later in the postseason.

Booker will be out for a while, but the Suns were able to secure a 2-1 series lead without him Friday. They may well survive without him long enough to make Green’s take irrelevant.

Draymond Green explains why Ja Morant should not win Most Improved Player

Ja Morant looking on

Memphis star Ja Morant is the runaway favorite to win Most Improved Player this season, but Draymond Green is not convinced about his case.

Addressing reporters this weekend, the Golden State veteran Green touched on the Most Improved Player Award and explained why Warriors teammate Jordan Poole, not Morant, should take it home this year.

“The award is called the ‘Most Improved,’ not who had the best year, that’s the MVP award actually,” said Green, per NBC Sports. “I think a lot of times, we get it confused … No disrespect to Ja Morant, but Ja Morant is an MVP candidate. Ja Morant isn’t a ‘Most Improved Player’ candidate. Ja Morant was f–king incredible last year.

“When you look around, the most improvement has been Jordan Poole, and I think that goes without saying,” added Green. “You go across the list, and you show me what those guys did last year and the year before that, and you show me what Jordan did last year and the year before that, he is the most improved. If we’re going by what the title of the award is, what the name of the award is, then it’s easily Jordan.”

Player A: 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per game on 44.9 percent shooting last year, 27.4 points and 6.7 assists per game on 49.3 percent shooting this year

Player B: 12.0 points and 1.9 assists per game on 43.2 percent shooting last year, 18.4 points and 4.0 assists per game on 44.8 percent shooting this year

Player A is Morant, who made the leap this season from a star to a superstar. Player B is Poole, who made the leap this season from a fringe rotation piece to a legitimate secondary option. Both players have done their damage for contending teams as well.

The crux of Green’s argument appears to be that Morant was already an excellent player last season while Poole was barely making an impact. Green will obviously be biased towards his teammate, but he doesn’t really make a convincing claim. After all, this was the season that Morant truly became a box-office draw as well as the leading man for a true title contender. Even with Poole’s admittedly impressive improvement this season, it really can’t compete with the way that Morant’s star has skyrocketed into orbit lately.

Photo: Jan 26, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports