Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and New Orleans Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo have made it very clear already in this series that they won’t be doing any golfing together when the season is over.
They have been going at it all series and during the fourth quarter, it really came to a light. After the Warriors called a timeout and both teams were walking to their respective benches Rondo walked towards Green and stepped on his foot. To most, it looked like it was on purpose and the referees saw it that way too giving Rondo a technical foul for his antics.
Rajon Rondo appears to step on Draymond Green's foot as the teams walk off the court… pic.twitter.com/8v3MljZ69K
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 5, 2018
It looked like another one of those things were the Pelicans and specifically, Rondo was trying to get under Green’s skin and get him to pick up a technical.
After Green was asked about the antics and he said he knows exactly what the Pelicans are trying to get him to do.
Warriors' Draymond Green on how he's avoiding technical fouls in confrontations w/ Pelicans: "I'm not an idiot, that's for sure. I see what they're trying to accomplish a mile away. I'm not dumb. That's about it." pic.twitter.com/F3hYZp7ZiO
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 5, 2018
“I’m not an idiot, that’s for sure. I see what they’re trying to accomplish a mile away. I’m not dumb. That’s about it.”
The Pelicans were able to get back into the series in Game 2 using a convincing offensive output to get the job done. Rondo was able to put up another impressive stat line even though he was only 2-of-11 from the floor. He finished the game with four points, 21 assists, and ten rebounds. If he keeps putting up stats like that it won’t matter what kind of antics he pulls, because the Warriors are going to have a really difficult time with the Pelicans.