Trailing 2-0 in their series against the Sacramento Kings, Draymond Green was suspended for a pivotal Game 3.

In Game 2, Green stepped on the chest of the Kings’ Domantas Sabonis, leading to a flagrant foul 2 and an ejection, but the league felt he needed additional punishment.

The defending champion Golden State Warriors haven’t faced a two-game deficit since 2007 and haven’t been eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs since 2014.

Fortunately, Golden State brought home a 114-97 win, thanks to Stephen Curry’s 36 points.


Draymond Green, #23 of the Golden State Warriors, runs past Domantas Sabonis, #10 of the Sacramento Kings, in the second half during the second game of the Western Conference first round playoffs at the Golden 1 Center on April 17, 2023, in Sacramento, California, USA. Green was fouled flagrantly 2 on the play and was ejected from the game. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Although Green will be back for Game 4 and is pretty much forgiven, since his Warriors won the game he missed, it’s going to take him a while to get over the game loss.

«I know you all want to hear my thoughts on the suspension. I never knew you could get suspended for two flagrant ones that happened seven years ago,» he said on his podcast, citing that the NBA had suspended him «based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.» «.

“And I also didn’t know you were getting suspended for interacting with a crowd that was throwing double birds at you and yelling your name and chanting ‘You suck.’ That being said, my guys played well. My guys played really well, they rose to the challenge and it was absolutely amazing to watch. I hope you all enjoyed the game. I mean, I can’t say that I really enjoyed the game, quite frankly. There is nothing worse».

Draymond Green plays for the crowd

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after being ejected from Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs for stomping on the chest of Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis, Monday, April 17, 2023, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)


This wasn’t the first time Green had been suspended for a playoff game: He was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors were beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 in that series, and the rest is history.

Getting suspended from Thursday night’s fight doesn’t compare to missing that game, Green admitted, but it was probably a close second.

«To get suspended from Game 5 of the NBA Finals, there’s never another NBA game you can suspend me from that’s like, ‘Oh my God, I’m suspended.’ But not being able to participate in the dogfight with my brothers is the worst. So I’m very grateful for the effort the guys put in yesterday to save our season.» he said.

«By the way, being suspended from a game at this point in my career, it’s never going to affect me from an emotional standpoint outside of my teammates being in a dogfight, they’re in a dogfight, and just not being able to participate in it. that dogfight, that’s crushing. Because you feel like you’re leaving them alone, leaving them astray to figure it out. So, not participating in that dogfight, that’s what bothers me the most.»

Dryamond Green and Damontas Sabonis

Draymond Green, #23 of the Golden State Warriors, looks for a fumble against Domantas Sabonis, #10 of the Sacramento Kings, during the first quarter of Game One of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Golden 1 Center on April 15. 2023, in Sacramento, California. (Loren Elliott/Getty Images)


Golden State is now down 2-1 with a chance to tie the series at home on Sunday at 3:30 pm ET.