Steve Kerr on Draymond Green’s flagrant foul: We are powerless in this stuff

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Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Draymond’s flagrant 2 not being reduced: “I have no reaction. We are powerless in this stuff. Whatever the league decides, or whatever the referees decide, that’s what stands. We have to move onto the next game.”
Source: Twitter @Con_Chron

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on the Grizzlies: “The obvious thing to notice is how tough minded they are. … We have a lot of respect for this team. They’re a young, up-and-coming team. Great athleticism.” – 2:38 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr says he has no reaction to the league not downgrading Draymond Green’s Flagrant 2 to a F1.
“We’re powerless in this stuff. So whatever the league decides and whatever the refs decide, that’s what stands. We just have to move on to the next game.” – 2:32 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on Draymond’s flagrant 2 not being reduced: “I have no reaction. We are powerless in this stuff. Whatever the league decides, or whatever the referees decide, that’s what stands. We have to move onto the next game.” – 2:31 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Your newser on Draymond Green’s Game 1 flagrant 2 not being reduced by the NBA: sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…1:09 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Joe Dumars hired as NBA executive vice president, head of basketball operations. Doesn’t start until next week, so can’t come in and do anything about downgrading Draymond Green’s flagrant foul. – 1:07 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
That “emergency pod” Draymond Green did? I recently wrote about how he has one of the most powerful voices in the league. That’s just one of the ways he uses it.
Read more about the evolution of his voice here:
foxsports.com/stories/nba/ho…1:00 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Draymond Green’s Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 1 against Memphis will remain a Flagrant 2 and NOT be downgraded, NBA says.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com12:41 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
At the Grizzlies-Warriors game the refs called a Flagrant 2 foul on Draymond Green last night.
I wrote earlier last week at @SdnaGr about how referees influence thε 2022 ΝΒΑ Playoffs, to the point that they are the real protagonists. #NBAPlayoffs #NBA75
sdna.gr/mpasket/959515…11:32 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
New Warriors’ Multiverse Podcast featuring @Clutch Points NBA reporter @JerryDonatien. We break down Game 1 of the Warriors/Grizzlies series, Jordan Poole’s progression, Ja Morant’s missed game-winner, Draymond Green’s ejection, and more.
🎙️Listen: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/war…10:21 AM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Brandon Clarke on Draymond Green: “He’s been known for flagrant fouls in his career. I’ve watched them on TV my whole life, so I wasn’t really shocked.” pic.twitter.com/kOyw4hHNTE9:55 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Through the Warriors’ six playoff games (they are 5-1 in those 6 contests), Jordan Poole ranks second on the team in scoring (behind Steph Curry), second on the team in assists (behind Draymond Green), third on the team in made 3PT’s (behind Steph and Klay) and first in 3PT% – 9:39 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Draymond Green says Game 1 ejection “probably a reputation thing” nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/02/dra…8:14 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Draymond Green was ejected on a questionable flagrant two foul call in game one against the Grizzlies, NBA Twitter exploded with reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…4:00 AM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Draymond Green on his ejection:
pic.twitter.com/ORpVpBZTx912:13 AM

Dave Mason @DeuceMason
This is a good read on Mike Brown: “Kerr credits Brown with helping him become more organized and detail-oriented. Seldom does Brown let Kerr overlook a rotational nuance or facet of the scouting report.” sfchronicle.com/warriors/artic…12:02 AM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Warriors go into Memphis and rip away Game 1 without the ejected Draymond Green
Five observations theathletic.com/3287730/2022/0…11:01 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
“When Draymond went out, there was a moment where you’re like, alright, what are we going to do about it? How are we going to respond?”
On the Warriors’ grit and grind Game 1 win over the Grizzlies: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…10:26 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
I wrote on Draymond Green’s ejection, and what it could mean for the Warriors going forward: sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…10:10 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Taking Draymond at face value that he was trying to hold Clarke up, you still have to admit in that case it went horribly wrong. Draymond saying he didn’t even deserve a Flagrant 1 is hilarious, saying Clarke dove to the ground and sold the foul is straight up fake news lol. – 8:55 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Draymond on his pod: “I think tonight was probably a reputation thing more so than a hard foul. My biggest worry moving forward is that gives me two Flagrant Foul points…So my hope is that the right thing will happen and it’ll at least get rescinded to a Flagrant 1.” – 8:40 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Having to do an emergency episode reacting to a big story is a podcaster starter pack event so congrats to Draymond on that – 8:39 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Draymond Green on his pod: “I’m actually dumb enough to think that I wasn’t going to get a Flagrant 1. Talk about an idiot. You want to call anyone an idiot, look no further than Draymond Green himself.” – 8:35 PM

Alexis Morgan @alexismorgan
Draymond leaving the stadium to record his podcast after the game instead of doing media interviews pic.twitter.com/QJuEeZFoOe8:31 PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Pool report on the Draymond Green flagrant-2 and ejection: pic.twitter.com/bW9P1VKrVo8:03 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Warriors’ Stephen Curry on Draymond Green’s ejection: “Nobody wants to see that. It’s not good for the game. I don’t think it deserved that obviously.” – 7:46 PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Klay, Jordan, and Steve react to Draymond’s ejection: pic.twitter.com/j3s575c99B7:33 PM

Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Brandon Clarke on Draymond’s foul: “I wasn’t really shocked. He did hit me pretty hard twice, really, when I saw it again. It’s not shocking that he did that, it’s something that he did in the past.” – 7:32 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Brandon Clarke said he has been watching Draymond Green deliver flagrant fouls for a long time and said about Draymond’s ejection: “He did hit me pretty hard twice.” – 7:31 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Referee Kane Fitzgerald explains why Warriors’ Draymond Green was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected during Game 1: pic.twitter.com/VwXwS16g6Z7:31 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Brandon Clarke on Draymond Green’s Flagrant-2 foul on him:
“It’s not shocking that he did that. It’s something he’s done in the past.” – 7:31 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Your pool report explaining the refs’ reasoning for giving Draymond Green a flagrant-2: pic.twitter.com/boFsQ5DXSE7:29 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja Morant said respect to the refs for letting him and Draymond Green have that competitive conversation during an inbound in the first quarter. – 7:23 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Warriors players to lead team in PTS/REB/AST in a playoff game in the Curry era:
Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Jordan Poole (31/8/9 today) pic.twitter.com/qyhvWbtNoQ7:20 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Pool report from The Commercial Appeal’s Damichael Cole on the Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 that resulted in the ejection of Draymond Green in today’s Warriors-Grizzlies game: pic.twitter.com/hqx59QPDgJ7:19 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Draymond pool report: pic.twitter.com/tILPgR4mbe7:19 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
As expected, the pool report confirms Draymond Green’s Flagrant 2 was because of the combination of the hit to the face and then pulling him down by his jersey: pic.twitter.com/3uHhH7DHYE7:18 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Klay Thompson on Draymond Green’s ejection: “It’s unfortunate. We’re not the same team without him. But I’m incredibly proud of how we responded.” – 7:17 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Jordan Poole on Draymond Green being ejected:
“Personally, I didn’t think it was going to be a flagrant two, especially throwing him out in the first half. I didn’t think it was going to happen, but that’s what they called, and we did a really good job of fighting all game.” – 7:11 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
After Draymond Green was ejected on a questionable flagrant two foul call in game one against the Grizzlies, NBA Twitter exploded with reactions. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-twit…7:01 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Kerr on Klay’s 2 missed free throws:
“Lots of great shooters have missed free throws down the stretch, and you can always make up for it by making a great defensive play, which he did, and he was able to seal the win after that jump ball when the ball clearly went off of them.” – 6:53 PM

Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
COLUMN: Gut reactions from Game 1, where the Memphis Grizzlies missed their shot against Draymond Green-less Golden State.
commercialappeal.com/story/sports/c…6:52 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Steve Kerr on how Draymond Green’s ejection fueled the Warriors in the second half: pic.twitter.com/RXzV8jIJJ16:52 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Steve Kerr on Draymond’s ejection: “We were all kind of shocked by the decision. But we were confident and we were determined.” – 6:51 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr: “We outrebounded them. First time we’ve done that this season.” It was 51-47 Warriors on the glass. Sixteen offensive rebounds for both teams. – 6:48 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
That felt like the game Memphis needed in order to win this series
Golden State will now bring Draymond back up 1-0, with 3 of the next 4 games in San Francisco – 6:46 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Asked Taylor Jenkins how Draymond’s ejection impacted things for Memphis: “They played well in the third.” – 6:45 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Warriors managed to beat the Grizzlies 62-55 in the second half without Draymond Green, who was ejected in the first half. Jordan Poole finished with an impressive 31 points, eight rebounds and nine assists off the bench. He was a plus-10 in the one-point win. – 6:40 PM

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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Warriors under Kerr might be the best road playoff team ever. You’ve never seen a series with Kerr coaching where the Warriors didn’t win at least one away from the Yay Area – 6:38 PM

Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
A raise to the cameraman who captured Draymond Green greeting Warriors players in the tunnel afterward. That’s good work. – 6:36 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
That’s a killer for Memphis to lose the “Draymond ejection and Ja/JJJ go for 67 points on 10/20 from 3 at home” game.
Kinda feels like that sums up how small the margin for error is for them in this series. Phenomenal game, though. One of the best of the season. – 6:35 PM

Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
Fantastic game. Grizzlies had every chance but didn’t do the little things you need to do to pull out these games. Warriors executed just a little bit better down the stretch. Hard for the Grizzlies to swallow losing a Jaren game like that – and one where Draymond was ejected. – 6:35 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Yup, and that’s why I chose the Warriors in 5. Grizzlies HAD to win that one without Draymond, but Golden State’s late-game execution proved to be the difference. – 6:34 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Warriors find a way to win Game 1 (117-116) without Draymond. Poole with 31 off the bench. Curry with 24 and gigantic late defensive play. They were very imperfect, but experience was crucial. – 6:34 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Grizzlies just missed a huge opportunity. Draymond Green gets ejected in the 1st half, on your home floor, and you drop it? That’s tough. – 6:34 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
This was a huge win for the Warriors. They steal Game 1 without Draymond Green, and now they have homecourt advantage. – 6:34 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 117-116, despite losing Draymond Green in the second quarter.
As his teammates walked off the court, Green hugged each and every one of them in the tunnel. – 6:34 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Huge series-opening win for the Warriors. On the road. No Draymond for half of the game. Yet it was some key stops down the stretch that got them the win, not just shooting (although there was that too.)
31 points for Jordan Poole, 24 for Steph. – 6:33 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Coming up on all the morning shows tomorrow: Warriors get the last stop and win, but sadly, Draymond injured most of his teammates with vicious bro hugs as they came off the floor. – 6:33 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
With Warriors up 1-0 and Draymond getting ejected, he’s going to come out in Game 2 with his normal playoff energy X 100 – 6:33 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Not Draymond in street clothes and glasses, lmao – 6:33 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Just a monster of a series opening win for the Warriors on the road. Done without an ejected Draymond Green in the second half. Jordan Poole had 31 points off the bench. Klay Thompson hit go-ahead 3. Steph Curry had 24. Game 2 on Tuesday with Draymond back. – 6:32 PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Love that shot of Draymond in the tunnel. – 6:32 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors held off even through Klay’s surprising missed FT’s, neutral out-of-bounds call and lost jump ball. Grizzlies miss chance to beat Warriors without Draymond for the entire 2nd half. – 6:32 PM

Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Draymond is missing a hell of a game. – 6:19 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Steph picks up his fifth with 5:08 remaining. Kerr is challenging the offensive foul call. – 6:07 PM

John Ireland @LAIreland
So great to see Klay back in the playoffs. Just one of those guys who was born to be there.
Btw, Memphis is really good. If GS wins this game without Igoudala, with Draymond being questionably ejected, and the Grizz shooting 42% from 3? Would be the best win of the postseason – 6:05 PM

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow
draymond gettin chucked slowed warriors/ pace of game down and turned it more halfcourt w/ very few runouts. which is oddly how warriors are biggest prob for grizzlies. we run a play/ you run a play bball. the fast mess always much better for Mem. – 6:04 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
That’s a +5 for the Warriors in 4.5 minutes to open the fourth quarter with Steph Curry resting and Draymond Green in the locker room. If Warriors take this road Game 1, that’s probably the biggest stretch. Curry coming in after the timeout. – 6:00 PM

Jimmy Spencer @JimmySpencer
Draymond out hurts, but man Klay, Poole or Curry … thats so tough down the stretch … 1 of 3 could catch fire and end it.
Will be crucial though to see if that lineup can keep the Grizzlies off the offensive boards when the game slows down. – 5:55 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
That’s a +7 third quarter for the Warriors without Draymond Green. Ten big Kevon Looney minutes on the back end of the defense and then a three guard bombs away offensive approach. Four combined 3s from Curry/Poole that quarter. – 5:46 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Draymond Green ejected for flagrant foul on Grizzlies’ Clarke (VIDEO) nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/01/dra…5:44 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Warriors really tapping into their ball movement and rebounding: good short-term solutions to get by without Draymond’s playmaking and defense – 5:43 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Starting GPIII over Poole in the first place felt like Kerr overthinking it. The way Golden State is running Memphis into a frenzy with Steph and Poole only underscores that – 5:40 PM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
El otro tema delicado para @Warriors es que si Draymond Green comete dos faltas flagrantes Tipo 1 o una Tipo 2 más en estos playoffs, lo suspenderán un partido automáticamente. No en esta serie, en estos playoffs. – 5:36 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Thought it was a flagrant 1. But Draymond is officiated differently than many other All-Stars – 5:20 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
The Flagrant 2 call will be hotly debated but Draymond Green clubbed this man directly in the face and one could argue that appeared to be his intent. He didn’t even come close to making a play on the ball. pic.twitter.com/lq8p49DtsL5:18 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Kevon Looney will start in Draymond Green’s place in the second half. Jordan Poole starting in place of Gary Payton II. – 5:17 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Interesting to see if Warriors can tap into how they played well without Draymond on defense in second half as they did in the short term following his injury. Or if Warriors regress significantly on D as they did over the long term during Draymond’s absence – 5:15 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
The latest on Draymond Green, who was ejected late in the second quarter: sfchronicle.com//sports/warrio…5:13 PM

JaVale McGee @JaValeMcGee
That flagrant 2 might be majorly detrimental to this warriors team this game…Draymond is a MAJOR part in that system! – 5:11 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Given the way this game has been officiated, not surprised one bit Draymond got a flagrant 2. My issue with the officials is how they’re handing out fouls like free candy in general. – 5:10 PM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Esa celebración burlona de Draymond Green le valdrá una multa por no evacuar la cancha de forma anticipada tras ser expulsado. Las ligas de EEUU consideran que expulsarte de un partido, equivale a una suspensión. – 5:10 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Warriors outscored Grizzlies by 2 points in Draymond Green’s 17:01 … outscored by 8 with Green off the floor, which will obviously be the case for entire second half – 5:07 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Don’t see how that’s a Flagrant 2 on Draymond. Clearly a Flagrant 1. – 5:07 PM

Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
1. The Grizzlies played much closer to their regular season identity than they did in Round 1. Good on them.
2. The Draymond ejection just cannot happen. These are the playoffs. Ejecting a player has to be a last resort/unavoidable decision. The impact is too great. – 5:06 PM

Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
The weirdest part is Draymond Green had zero fouls before that play. – 5:06 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Can’t believe Draymond got tossed for that – 5:06 PM

Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
What a start to the series. Ja, Jaren & Melton look liberated. Splash Bros in foul trouble. Draymond Green ejected, leaves the court in true pro wrestling style. Golden State goes 5-18 from 3pt range. Memphis leads 61-55 at half. Suddenly feels like a game Grizzlies got to get. – 5:06 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Ja Morant with a floater over Kuminga at the halftime buzzer and a ‘he can’t guard me’ message to the Warriors. Grizzlies up six. Bigger issue for GSW: No Draymond Green in the second half. They’ll need Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II to avoid fouls, stay on floor in 2nd half. – 5:04 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Watch out for Draymond in Game 2…
(Still can’t believe he was ejected.) – 5:04 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Warriors down just 61-55 at the first half. But …
*No Draymond Green for the second half
*Curry, Thompson and Payton all with 3 fouls
*Warriors are cold from 3 (5-for-18)
*Grizzlies are playing well – 5:04 PM

Kevin Lipe @kevinlipe_
I guess Draymond needs to call in a Michigan State favor from Z-Bo and get a personal lesson in how to do wrestling moves on people under the basket without getting ejected – 5:04 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Grizzlies lead the Warriors 61-55 at halftime. Golden State was called for 15 fouls in the first half, and Memphis was whistled for 11. Curry, Thompson and Payton will start the second half with three fouls. Warriors will be without Draymond Green for the rest of Game 1. – 5:03 PM

Steve Aschburner @AschNBA
The confab after Draymond Green got tossed for a Flagrant Foul 2. pic.twitter.com/MA6XWT6Ii75:03 PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
With respect to how the rule of flagrant one vs. two is defined, I certainly didn’t see what Draymond Green did as worthy of a flagrant two. – 5:03 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
…only appropriate for a referee named Kane to eject Draymond for a takedown in the great wrestling city of Memphis pic.twitter.com/H4ESgq8E725:02 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Yes, Draymond Green grabbed his jersey, which was unnecessary contact. But he also held Clarke’s jersey as he fell to the ground, preventing his head from hitting the court – 5:02 PM

Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston
I mean, that’s a Flagrant 2 by definition. He’s smacked him in the face and then yanked him down. Wind-up, contact, it’s in the rule books. Blame Draymond for the dangerous play if you’re mad about it. – 5:02 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
I promise I’ve seen Draymond do more than that 100s of times and they were all common fouls.
Flagrant 2 is wild. – 5:01 PM

Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
Draymond Green does not get the benefit of the doubt if there’s even slightly a question between what type or flagrant foul it is. I’m sorry. – 5:01 PM

Pete Pranica @PetePranica
Draymond Green takes a victory lap as he is ejected with a flagrant foul penalty two. – 5:01 PM

Rick Noland @RickNoland
Very weak ff2 on Draymond but sometimes history catches up with you – 5:01 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Draymond Green’s ejection is a huge blow for the Golden State Warriors. – 5:00 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Draymond Green should not have done that but that’s the WEAKEST flagrant-2 I’ve ever seen. Absurd – 5:00 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Did Draymond get called for a flagrant in the Denver series? If so, he’s dangerously close to exceeding the flagrant foul threshold, which would trigger an automatic suspension, which cost him game 5 of the 2016 Finals – 5:00 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
3 seconds after Draymond Green gets ejected, Curry picks up his third – 5:00 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Grizzlies fans are chanting “throw him out” about Draymond Green. I don’t think he deserved a Flagrant 2 for that play… – 4:59 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
That’s a Draymond call. No one else is getting that Flagrant 2. – 4:59 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Draymond Green is ejected due to a flagrant two call. He just ran to the locker room waving his arms in the air, pumping up the crowd as he left. – 4:59 PM

Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Draymond is like if Kanye was an NBA player – 4:59 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Warriors react to Draymond Green’s ejection from Game 1 vs. Grizzlies for Flagrant Foul 2 pic.twitter.com/9BnbcAMv644:59 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Draymond Green has been ejected with 1:18 left in the half. Refs reviewed his foul on Brandon Clarke and called it a flagrant 2. – 4:59 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Draymond Green has been ejected after being called for a Flagrant-2. Needless to say, that’s a huge blow for Warriors. – 4:59 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Draymond Green gets ejected for a grab and yank of Brandon Clarke’s jersey. Warriors bench is stunned. Steph Curry to the referees: “That’s f****** crazy.” They thought it’d be a flagrant 1 maximum. – 4:59 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
LMAOOOOO at Draymond putting on a show as he exits. It’s ridiculous that’s a flagrant 2 though. Absurd – 4:59 PM

Geoff Calkins @geoff_calkins
Jerry Lawler says: Draymond is a heel. And a great one. – 4:59 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Soft league for ejecting Draymond Green for that. League should be ashamed – 4:59 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Draymond Green just ejected from Game 1 in Memphis after what was ruled a Flagrant 2 foul. Wow.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com4:59 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I’m shocked Draymond got ejected. – 4:59 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Draymond Green has been ejected from the game. He gets his money’s worth by running around and egging on the crowd. – 4:59 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
I have never seen a player get thrown out of a game and walk out like Draymond Green. Het skipped around and took a lap before walking out. – 4:58 PM

Lang Whitaker @langwhitaker
Draymond just took a victory lap on his way off the court, gesturing to the crowd the entire time. Seems an odd way to celebrate getting ejected for a flagrant two. – 4:58 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
FedExForum is chanting “throw him out” as the NBA refs review a hard foul by Draymond Green. pic.twitter.com/9H7AJ4zqFR4:58 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Draymond Green clearly gets a Flagrant 2. He just left the court bouncing and clapping, soaking up the jeering – 4:58 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
And Draymond Green just ran out the tunnel waving on fans to boo him some more. – 4:58 PM

Clay Bailey @claybailey9
Crowd hollers “Throw him out” over Green’s foul of Brandon Clarke. Steve Kerr just smiles at the crowd’s opinion. – 4:57 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
I think Memphis fans are chanting “THROW HIM OUT” as referees review a Draymond Green foul right now. – 4:57 PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
I wouldn’t put it past these refs to give Draymond a flagrant 2 – 4:57 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
“THROW HIM OUT!” chant erupting from Memphis crowd, in reference to Draymond Green. – 4:57 PM

Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
FedExForum is chanting “Throw him out” to Draymond. – 4:57 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
Draymond be trippin 💀💀💀 – 4:57 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Draymond Green emphatically telling Steve Kerr and the refs that “My hand got got in (Clarke’s) jersey”.
Call is under review for a flagrant. – 4:56 PM

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Late whistle on third foul for JJJ seemed almost challenge-worthy, but they let it go. Looks like a potential flagrant on Draymond Green scraping across Clarke’s face. – 4:56 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Draymond Green yanked down Clarke by his jersey. That will be a flagrant. – 4:56 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Draymond/Kuminga may be Golden State’s best frontcourt in this series. I’m curious to see it with the three snipers (ie no Wiggins) later this series – 4:55 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Every time Jordan Poole’s improvement comes up, I think of Kenny Atkinson and the difference he makes in player development.
Atkinson went from Tyronn Lue’s Clippers staff last season to Steve Kerr’s Warriors staff this season – 4:52 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Can probably count on one hand how many times the Brandon Clarke floater has been blocked this season but Draymond Green just did it. Elite defender and elite IQ to even know when to jump/anticipate that shot. – 4:37 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Steve Kerr and Jaren Jackson Sr. on the 1999 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs
Now Kerr has to deal with Jaren Jackson Jr. in the 2022 playoffs pic.twitter.com/GhouMr1hT64:32 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Fouls forcing Damion Lee into the playoff rotation midway through the second quarter. Would’ve thought Kerr would go with Kuminga before Lee. – 4:32 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Three fouls on Klay Thompson and Gary Payton II early in the second quarter. Because of it, Steve Kerr going to Damion Lee for his first rotation minutes of the playoffs. – 4:31 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
That’s three on Klay — who waves for Kerr to leave him in, then points to his head – 4:25 PM

Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
Draymond Green nailed it on Memphis: “They’re unbothered.” – 4:25 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
I like the Warriors playing their three best scorers at the same time. That’s your best chance to get Memphis to chase ghosts outside.
I don’t Iike it when you don’t have at least one of Draymond or GPIII in with them. Otto Porter can’t hang in this setup. – 4:22 PM

Haralabos Voulgaris @haralabob
Does GSW honestly think they are gonna be able to rebound with Draymond at the 5 and 4 wings / guards? – 4:17 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Draymond Green and Ja Morant with a lil face to face chit chat on the inbound and the crowd was loving it. Morant was clapping his hands while Draymond stood in front of him. Playoff basketball >>> – 4:16 PM

Clay Bailey @claybailey9
The Tee Morant-Draymond Green showdown may be the best one-on-one matchup in the tournament. – 4:15 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Draymond shades to Ja, Ja immediately lobs it to Clarke. Gorgeous. – 4:13 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
…now let’s see if Bane can overcome the ice timeout by Steve Kerr here in between free throws – 4:08 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
That’s two fouls on Gary Payton II with 7:34 left in the first quarter. Kerr is keeping him on the court. – 4:03 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Steve Kerr said before the game that Golden State doesn’t have a similar personnel to Minnesota, so it has to go about limiting Ja Morant in its own way. So far, Morant has the upper hand – 3:58 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Save for that one bad pass, great start for Draymond – 3:58 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Warriors starting small: GP2, Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Draymond
Grizzlies starting big: Ja, Bane, Brooks, Tillman, Jackson – 3:49 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The biggest lineup move was made by Steve Kerr. The Warriors are starting Gary Payton II. Obviously a move for guarding Ja Morant. – 3:29 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
2022 NBA Playoffs: As indicated, there always was good chance Kerr would start @Garydwayne against @Ja Morant in Game 1 of Warriors-Grizzlies. Slow Ja, you slow the MEM attack nbcsports.com/bayarea/warrio…3:12 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Game one starters:
Curry, Stephen -Guard
Green, Draymond -Center
Payton II, Gary -Forward
Thompson, Klay -Guard
Wiggins, Andrew -Forward – 3:07 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Warriors starters for Game 1 against the Grizzlies:
Steph Curry
Gary Payton II
Klay Thompson
Andrew Wiggins
Draymond Green – 3:06 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Gary Payton II is starting, with Kevon Looney remaining on the bench. Jordan Poole will also come off the bench.
Payton will join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. – 3:04 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Gary Payton II is starting for the Warriors in Game 1 today in Memphis. It’s a move to get him on Ja Morant early. Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney coming off the bench.
Steph Curry
Klay Thompson
Gary Payton II
Andrew Wiggins
Draymond Green – 3:02 PM

More on this storyline

Shams Charania: Warriors star Draymond Green’s Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 1 will not be reduced by the NBA, league spokesperson tells me and @Anthony Slater. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / May 2, 2022

Anthony Slater: That means Draymond Green has two flagrant points. In the playoffs, four flagrant points mean an automatic one-game suspension. Flagrant 1 equals one -via Twitter @anthonyVslater / May 2, 2022

Connor Letourneau: Was pretty clear postgame that Steve Kerr didn’t want to go into detail about Draymond Green’s ejection. Asked about the flagrant-2, Kerr said simply, “I was surprised. I was surprised.” -via Twitter @Con_Chron / May 1, 2022