Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) argues with a referee after a technical foul against the Sacramento Kings in the first half of an NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Green would be ejected for a second technical foul. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Draymond Green Finally Admits He’s a Dirty Player

Last night, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors engaged in battle with the hotshot Houston Rockets, who are looking like actual contenders this year thanks to MVP candidate James Harden. The game was close throughout—Golden State ultimately pulled away late and secured the victory—and tensions were bubbling. Harden complained for a good portion of the game’s 2nd half, and has good reason to keep complaining considering the forearm chop of his wrist he received from Green in the 3rd quarter. When questioned about the move, which earned Green an offensive foul, Green flatly replied, “He pinched me, so I punched his wrist. That’s pretty much it.”

On its face, this seems like another case of Draymond merely trying his hardest to be the most annoying player on the court—his nightly quest. But consider two things. 1. Draymond closed his first for the sole purpose of striking Harden, which should have prompted the refs to slap Draymond with a Flagrant 1 foul. 2. Draymond struck Harden in his injured left wrist; it’s public knowledge that despite the pain it causes him, Harden is trying to avoid being sidelined.

Really? A closed fist karate chop to the injured wrist of a player whose team is expected to contend with yours for a Finals berth? Tough to find an angle where that’s not dirty. Draymond has been nut-kicking and tripping his way through big games for a while now, and it doesn’t look like his 1-game Finals suspension from a season ago has daunted him on his strange mission in the slightest.

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