Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke Says Draymond Green Has 'Been Known For' Flagrant Fouls

Erin WalshMay 2, 2022

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 1: Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was ejected from Sunday's 117-116 Game 1 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in the first half for a flagrant-2 foul after pulling Brandon Clarke to the ground by his jersey. 

After the game, Clarke didn't appear too happy with the play, calling out Green and telling reporters that hard fouls from the veteran are par for the course.

"He's been known for flagrant fouls in his career," Clarke told reporters. "I've watched them on TV my whole life it feels like, so I wasn't really shocked."

Clarke's comments didn't go unnoticed by Green:

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draymond laughs at brandon clarke’s claims <a href="https://t.co/B3670A9e7B">pic.twitter.com/B3670A9e7B</a>

Here's a look at the play that resulted in Green's ejection:

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Draymond Green was ejected for this flagrant 2 foul. <a href="https://t.co/QPYnODEXt1">pic.twitter.com/QPYnODEXt1</a>

After the game, referee Kane Fitzgerald explained that Green made "unnecessary and excessive" contact on Clarke, which warranted a flagrant-2 and an ejection. He added there was "significant contact" to Clarke's face and that the tug on the jersey that sent him to ground was "unnecessary and excessive" because Clarke was vulnerable in midair. 

Both Stephen Curry and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game they believed Green didn't deserve to be ejected. Curry noted that his ejection is bad for basketball.

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Steph doesn’t believe Draymond deserved to be ejected: “It’s not good for the game” <a href="https://t.co/ifJ1XeRZuC">pic.twitter.com/ifJ1XeRZuC</a>

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The explanation Kerr received from officials on Draymond's ejection:<br><br>"He hit him in the face and threw him to the ground" <a href="https://t.co/CW6XbaMjAW">pic.twitter.com/CW6XbaMjAW</a>

In Clarke's defense, Green does have somewhat of a reputation for flagrant fouls in the postseason. The most notable came during the 2016 NBA Finals, when he was suspended for Game 5 after a flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 4.

The suspension was triggered after Green had a flagrant foul against the Houston Rockets' Michael Beasley in the first round and Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams in the Western Conference Finals.

With Green unavailable, Golden State went on to blow a 3-1 series lead against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Considering Green is one of the most effective players on the Golden State roster, especially on defense, he'll need to keep it clean for the rest of the second round if the Dubs have any hope of beating the Grizzlies and reaching the conference finals. 

The Warriors and Grizzlies will meet again in Game 2 on Tuesday at FedExForum.