Explosive Clash: Warriors Lose Core Trio in Wild On-Court Brawl
In a jaw-dropping in-season tournament matchup between the Warriors and Timberwolves, the game ignited into chaos mere minutes after tip-off. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Jaden McDaniels found themselves ejected in a fiery altercation, leaving the Warriors without their star trio and resulting in a narrow 104-101 loss.
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The clash erupted just 100 seconds into the game when McDaniels and Thompson became entangled during a transition play. Thompson, missing an injured Stephen Curry, fiercely held McDaniels’ jersey, sparking a tussle that quickly escalated. McDaniels, unyielding, reciprocated, resulting in torn jerseys and swinging arms.
“I was just trying to crash for a rebound, and [Thompson] kind of grabbed my collar. I was just trying to defend myself,” explained McDaniels. The altercation unfolded as others rushed into the fray, with Green notably putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in a headlock.
The Fallout: Ejections and Unprecedented Statistics
After a review, McDaniels and Thompson received two technical fouls each, while Green faced a flagrant foul 2. Remarkably, this marked the first game in the last 25 seasons where multiple players were ejected before either team scored, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed frustration, asserting, “There is no way Klay should have been ejected. T”That seemed absurd to me,” he stood up for Green, saying it was because Gobert had gotten physical with Thompson.
Gobert’s Diplomacy Amid Chaos
Gobert, involved in the scuffle to “de-escalate the situation,” refrained from escalating tensions. “My first thought was just, ‘I’m not going to fight. I need to be in this game to help my team,'” he emphasized. Gobert’s hands-up gesture aimed to signal non-aggression and preserve his crucial on-court presence.
Controversial Calls and Coach’s Perspective
Despite differing opinions on the ejections, crew chief Tyler Ford deemed Green’s actions “unnecessary and excessive.” Warriors coach Kerr contested Thompson’s ejection, criticizing the officiating decisions.
Minnesota coach Chris Finch, however, commended the officials for controlling the game, stating, “I thought the ejections were the right ones.”
What’s Next? NBA’s Verdict
As the league reviews the incident, Gobert anticipates repercussions for Green’s actions. “I’m hopeful the league will take the required actions,” he stated. This marks Green’s second ejection this season, heightening the anticipation for potential league sanctions.
In the aftermath of this explosive clash, questions linger about the impact on the Warriors’ lineup and the repercussions that Green may face as the NBA investigates the incident.
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