Draymond Green was ejected on Tuesday night after a physical altercation involving a chokehold on Rudy Gobert. Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels initiated a scuffle early in the first quarter of the Warriors’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, prompting Gobert to intervene and seemingly attempt to defuse the situation. However, Green became involved, applying a chokehold on Gobert and dragging him several feet before letting go. Gobert has an interesting theory on Green’s actions.
The altercation involving Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Jaden McDaniels, which led to their ejections, can be observed from various angles here.
Following the Timberwolves’ 104-101 victory, Rudy Gobert criticized Green, referring to the chokehold as “clown behavior.” Gobert suggested that Green intentionally got ejected because Stephen Curry wasn’t playing in the game.
Rudy Gobert expressed his belief that Draymond Green intentionally gets ejected when Stephen Curry doesn’t play, stating, “Every time Steph doesn’t play, he doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph, so he does anything he can to get ejected.” Curry was absent from Tuesday night’s game due to a sprained knee.
The longstanding issues between Green and Gobert escalated during the game. While Warriors head coach Steve Kerr claimed that Gobert had his hands around Klay Thompson’s neck, replays seemed to tell a different story, suggesting that Gobert was attempting to separate players during a skirmish. Green, on the other hand, appeared eager to engage with an old rival.