During the Golden State Warriors’ NBA playoff game against the Sacramento Kings, Draymond Green defended his actions after being sent off for stamping on Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis had wrapped his arms around Green’s leg during the fourth quarter, causing Green to stomp on his chest. The Kings won the game 114-106, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
Green later explained to the media that his leg had been grabbed, and he had to land his foot somewhere. He also mentioned that this was the second time in two nights that his leg had been grabbed, with Malik Monk grabbing his leg in front of the official in Game 1. Green stated that he is not very flexible, so he can only step so far and pulling his leg away isn’t an option.
The referees’ explanation to Green was that he stomped too hard. Shaquille O’Neal analysed the incident for TNT and said that he would have done the same thing in Green’s shoes. Sabonis said that it was just part of basketball, and they needed to move on to the next play.
Green has a history of being called for flagrant fouls and technical fouls, including being ejected from a playoff game against Memphis Grizzlies last season and being suspended for one game during the 2016 NBA Finals. Fans in Sacramento yelled derogatory chants towards Green, who responded by waving his hands, calling for louder cheers, and standing on a chair.
Live NBA action continues on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event from 3am on Wednesday with LA Clippers versus Phoenix Suns.