Draymond Green Ejected After Chokehold Incident in Timberwolves-Warriors Brawl.A strange incident took place in the basketball court during the game of NBA between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. A furious brawl took place as Draymond Green put Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. As a result, he was sent off along with two other players.
The tension between two team started first when Warriors’ Klay Thompson and Timberwolves’ Jaden McDaniels engaged in a physical feud. Amidst the commotion, Wolves center Rudy Gobert intervened to separate Thompson, only to become the focus of an unexpected move by Draymond Green. Green, in an alarming moment, put the 7-foot Gobert in a chokehold, dragging him forcefully for several seconds.
Draymond Green Ejected After Chokehold Incident in Timberwolves-Warriors Brawl.”He aggressively put Gobert in a headlock and refuses to let go. This is unnecessary and excessive conduct.” – Crew chief Tyler Ford on Draymond Green’s ejection.
Both Thompson and McDaniels received double technical, while Green faced a flagrant 2 foul, leading to automatic ejections. Notably, this marked the 18th ejection in Green’s career, solidifying his lead among active NBA players. The consequences for Green might not end there, as video replays cast doubt on the notion that his actions were aimed at maintaining peace.
An intriguing moment unfolded during the brawl when Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns attempted to retaliate against Green, mimicking a veteran MMA fighter’s approach. However, Green, maintaining his composure, thwarted Towns’ efforts.
The Timberwolves ultimately emerged victorious with a score of 104-101, advancing to 2-0 in the West Group C of the in-season tournament standings, while the Warriors stand at 1-1.
After the game, crew chief Tyler Ford explained Green’s flagrant 2, stating, “he aggressively put Gobert in a headlock and refuses to let go. This is unnecessary and excessive conduct.” Gobert, perceived as a peacemaker in the altercation, faced no discipline.
Postgame discussions included McDaniels defending himself, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr contesting Thompson’s ejection, and Gobert labeling Green’s conduct as “clown behavior.”
The Warriors, already without Stephen Curry due to right knee soreness, faced additional setbacks as they lost two key players within the opening minutes. The incident also brought attention to past history between Green and Gobert, adding a layer of complexity to the brawl.
As the NBA assesses the fallout from this intense altercation, questions linger about potential suspensions and the impact on the Warriors’ lineup moving forward.