Green was ejected amid a confusing scene. He appeared to be yelling something at Dubs rookie James Wiseman and was subsequently tossed. Green pleaded his case with the referees, but to no avail.
However, the NBA has acknowledged the wrongdoing of the refereeing crew. Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reported the second technical (which led to the ejection) has been voided.
The second technical credited to Golden State’s Draymond Green has been rescinded, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Green was ejected in the second quarter of Golden State’s loss to the Knicks
— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) January 22, 2021
Of course, this does not change the result of the game, though it might not have mattered.
The Knicks absolutely blitzed the Warriors in the first quarter, scoring 40 points and jumping out to an early lead. Golden State managed to cut the deficit to six at the half but had a hard without Green in the second half.
New York shot close to 47 percent from the field in the second half, while the Warriors were a paltry 15-for-46 over the course of the final two periods.
Despite the oddly woeful defensive performance and a wrongful ejection Thursday night, Green has had a tangible impact on the Warriors.
The former Defensive Player of the Year has hardly been afraid to get in Wiseman's ear and coach him up, also suggesting the rookie has All-Star potential. He gives the Dubs more toughness and versatility on the defensive end and importance as a screener and playmaker (6.9 assists per game) on the other end of the floor.
Green also energizes the team with his passion. He is unlikely to stop bringing the fire, even if Thursday's refereeing crew gravely misinterpreted that fire.