How many technical fouls did Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green rack up to warrant his latest suspension?
The Golden State Warriors will face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday without Draymond Green, who has been suspended for exceeding the NBA’s technical foul limit. The 33-year-old forward received his 16th technical foul during the second quarter of the Wednesday game against the Los Angeles Clippers, leading to an automatic one-game suspension without pay as per NBA rules.
Green has built up a reputation as one of the most trusted war dogs for the Golden State Warriors over his NBA career, a useful trait that has helped the Warriors be one of the most successful teams of our generation with four NBA Championships. However, his nature often proves to be detrimental to the cause as well as Green has a knack for getting suspensions courtesy of fouls.
Green’s latest suspension came after he tossed a ball that hit Los Angeles Clippers point guard Russell Westbrook’s head following a Clippers bucket with 40.8 seconds left in the second quarter. Despite the possibility of the suspension being rescinded after further review, Green seemed doubtful, saying, “If that’s a tech, then every word you say on the court is a tech. We’ll see.”
Is this the first time Draymond Green has reached the limit for technical fouls in a season?
As it turns out, Green has reached the technical foul limit for the first time in his career.
While Green has reached 15 technical fouls twice before, it is the first time he has crossed the technical foul limit in his 11-year NBA career. The Warriors currently sit at the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference with a record of 36-34 following Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.
Green’s absence may affect the Warriors’ chances of securing their playoff spot, but they will have to do their best in the remaining four games of their current five-game road trip. The NBA has also announced that any technical foul Green is called for in the Warriors’ final games will result in a $5,000 fine, and every two techs will result in another one-game suspension.