Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr claimed officials admitted to him that Draymond Green was ejected by mistake on Thursday night against the New York Knicks. Late in the first quarter, Warriors big man Green received his first technical and he got ejected from the game after receiving a second technical just before halftime.
Official John Butler thought Green was yelling at him but the Warriors big man was yelling at rookie center James Wiseman. "At halftime Ben Taylor came out and told me that it was a mistake," Kerr said, per ESPN.
"That John Butler didn't realize that Draymond was yelling at his teammate. He thought he was yelling at him." The Warriors lost 119-104 and Green said he was confused after what happened. "I'm just a bit confused," Green told Marc J.
Spears of The Undefeated. "Officials can meet and make a decision on any call throughout the game, but when it comes to a technical that was clearly the wrong call, due to an official assuming I was talking to him when in fact I wasn't, that can't be overturned? Maybe it's time to take a look at that rule.
I would love clarity on why that's the rule, if in fact it is a rule."
Stephen Curry said it was unfortunate to see Green go out like that
"It's pretty self-explanatory," Curry said of the questionable second technical.
"He's been very vocal with James. I know he had already gotten a tech early in the game and obviously mindful of that, he was just talking to his teammate. The refs got confused. And I don't know what the rules are in that situation when it's pretty clear who he was talking to, and I don't know if you can take it back in the moment, but it was pretty glaring that he was talking to his own teammate and kind of unfortunate that it got confused, so move on."
Meanwhile, rookie center Wiseman acknowledged he made an error and that was why Green yelled at him. "Really just because I was trying to get a post up, but [Green] threw it too early," Wiseman explained. "And just one of those moments where he was like "Catch the ball!" or something like that.
But that's all really. I don't understand the situation, like why the ref did that, but I guess it's basketball. But I was confused myself as well. ... That was kind of weird. That was a weird moment."