Draymond Green hit with technical foul after kneeing Chris Paul in the head

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Only Draymond Green could fall down while drawing an offensive charge and receive a technical foul by the time he got up.

A combative Game 5 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets got even more combative when Green went down to the floor on a charge by Chris Paul. Once he saw he got the call, Green enthusiastically got back up on his feet as Paul sat on the ground.

As Green planted his right foot, his leg rotated out and his knee caught Paul right on the side of the head.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) gestures toward referee Zach Zarba next to Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) during the first half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Draymond Green is three technical fouls away from a one-game suspension. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Green was soon assessed a technical foul, and the following James Harden free throw cut the Warriors’ lead to 91-89 less than four minutes left in the game.

Naturally, Green followed up the incident by nailing a three-pointer to more than double the Warriors’ lead. He was pretty happy about it.

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The Warriors ended up persevering through Kevin Durant’s injury and won 104-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the series, the exact situation the Rockets were in against the Warriors in the Western Conference finals last year.

Thanks to his Game 2 technical foul being rescinded by the NBA, Green’s technical foul count for the postseason is now four. He needs three more for a one-game suspension, with potentially two series left to play.

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