Draymond Green told Warriors he blames self for ejection vs. Hornets

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Draymond told Warriors he blames himself for ejection in loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Draymond Green pointed the finger at himself for his ill-timed ejection in the Warriors' 102-100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Green was assessed a double technical with 9.3 seconds remaining. The Hornets called timeout after a late jump ball, but Green vocally argued it should've led to another jump ball and he was sent to the locker room for his trouble.

Terry Rozier made both technical free throws before draining a buzzer-beating mid-range jumper to seal the Hornets' win. When the Warriors returned to the locker room, Green said his ejection was entirely on him.

"He said it was his fault, and he took ownership as he always does as a leader," Eric Paschall told reporters in his postgame video conference. "We still rockin' with Dray, no matter what. Great dude, (a) competitor. It's all good."

Paschall clarified on Twitter that Green didn't say the loss was his fault. Kent Bazemore tweeted his support of Green, too.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn't tell reporters what Green said in the locker room after the loss, calling the three-time NBA All-Star's ejection "a terrible mistake."

"He crossed the line," Kerr said. "That's the main thing. We love his passion and his energy, and we would not be the team we are without him, but that doesn't give him license to cross that line and he knows that."

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Green scored five points (on 2-of-7 shooting) Saturday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in his eighth start as the Warriors' center in the last nine games. It could've been his last start at the position for the foreseeable future.

Kerr told reporters before the game that it's possible Kevon Looney (sprained ankle) and James Wiseman (sprained wrist) return to the Warriors' lineup Tuesday against the New York Knicks.

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