OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors’ emotional leader Draymond Green got a bit of a reprieve Wednesday when the NBA league office announced it had rescinded a technical foul he picked up in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Houston.
The action means Green now has three technicals in the playoffs, four away from an automatic one-game suspension. Green picked up two technical fouls during the opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers and a third during Game 1 of the Rockets series.
Warriors fans remember all too well the 2016 NBA Finals when Green was suspended after picking up his seventh playoff technical and sat out Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State, holding a 3-to-1 game advantage at the time, went on to lose three straight games to Cleveland and the NBA crown.
Green and Rockets center Nenê briefly exchanged words during Game 2 at which point a double technical foul was assessed. Both players were upset with the call. After reviewing the play, the league rescinded the foul for both players.
After the game, Green told reporters he felt for the most part of the game was well officiated.
“I don’t really get off on techs anymore,” Green told reporters. “It is what it is. We’ll see what happens. I think tonight was a great officiated game. They let us be physical, both teams, and they made the calls they needed to make.”
Before the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talked about the constant complaining to the referees about calls in Game 1.
“There’s a lot at stake and Draymond’s already got three technicals,” the Warriors coach said. “I think Kevin has a couple. So we’ve got to find a way to compete and walk that line without crossing the line. And being too demonstrative and too emotional on the sidelines and on the court.”