Draymond Green Was Ejected From Game 1 In Memphis And It Was One of The Worst Calls We’ve Ever Seen

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During a competitive first half between the Grizzlies and Warriors Draymond Green was ejected for striking the face of Brandon Clarke. We thought it was for grabbing his jersey on the way up that supposedly caused the fall, but who are we kidding? This was a Charmin’ soft call…even for the NBA.

A potential series-changing flagrant 2 for that play? The NBA used to be incredibly physical, however we’ve seen much worse than this, even in today’s league. This play is what basketball fans like to call a “nothing.” Inadvertent contact to the face at best, award the Grizzlies with free throws for a flagrant 1, and we move on to the rest of the game.

Golden State was holding their own in this game and suddenly Ja Morant and the Grizzlies went on a predictable 10-0 run to end the half with a 61-55 lead. Pathetic and should remind us all of Draymond’s “kick” in game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals that got him suspended for game 5. It’s really too bad the NBA isn’t learning from these mistakes. Steph Curry was heard during the ejection saying “that’s f******* crazy.” Yes it was, Steph. He was smiling for the next several possessions showing his displeasure with the call.

Draymond Green should know better than to toe the line, but to suggest this play was borderline is an insult to our intelligence. The NBA continues to be its own worst enemy and it remains to be seen if the Warriors can withstand Green’s absence in the second half. No way the league suspends Draymond for this — no way.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I love the AWM who say they don’t pay attention but pay enough attention to complain. But of course you are watching because the TV ratings have been great. There goes the “go woke go broke” narrative… The game and culture will always be better and bigger than the haters…. Lovin it

  2. It was a terrible call. Green even tried to ease the impact of the player hitting the floor by trying to grab him. Most definitely a foul, even a flagrant if necessary, but it did not warrant an ejection. That reference to Green being suspended for that kick in the groin to the Cavalier’s player, Steven Adams, more than likely caused them to lose that series. Draymond Green needs to be aware that the refs will be looking at his play and mindful that part of the Grizzlies gameplan will be to try and get under his skin so he loses his cool. Great game otherwise, two tremendous efforts by both teams.

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