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The NBA is penalizing Warriors forward Draymond Green after deliberately stomping on Sacramento Kings player Domantas Sabonis during Monday night’s Western Conference playoff game between Golden State and Sacramento.
Draymond has been suspended one game, per NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars. Green will be forced to sit out Thursday night’s Game 3 against the Kings.
People called for Green’s suspension in the aftermath of the stomp based on his history of taking cheap shots. The NBA cited Draymond’s rowdy play in their announcement.
Sabonis played a part by grabbing Draymond’s ankle during the incident, but the ensuing stomp by Green took things a step too far.
Green logged eight points, five assists and four rebounds in the Warriors’ 114-106 loss.
Green’s forceful kick, with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, prompted a Flagrant 2 foul — kicking Draymond out of the game early.
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Sabonis was issued a Tech 1 for grabbing Green’s foot. X-rays taken on Sabonis after the game confirmed a sternum contusion, making him “questionable for Game 3, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
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The NBA posted:
Draymond Green has been suspended one game without pay for stepping on the chest of Sacramento Kings center Domantas Sabonis, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. The suspension was based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.
Green’s actions were in response to Sabonis grabbing and holding Green’s right ankle after falling to the floor. Green received a Flagrant Foul 2 and was ejected, and Sabonis was assessed a technical foul.
The incident occurred with 7:03 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 114-106 loss to the Kings in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on April 17 at Golden 1 Center.
Green will serve his suspension April 20 when the Warriors host the Kings for Game 3 of the series at Chase Center.
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