Warriors' Stephen Curry Jokes Draymond Green's Ejection Being Upheld Was 'Shocking'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIMay 2, 2022

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - MAY 01: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors warms up before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on May 01, 2022 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. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry isn't surprised that the NBA decided against downgrading Dubs forward Draymond Green's flagrant-2 foul Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies down to a flagrant-1.

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“Shocking.”<br><br>Steph sarcastically responds to Draymond’s Flagrant 2 foul not getting reduced <a href="https://t.co/FE20HXDL6E">pic.twitter.com/FE20HXDL6E</a>

"Shocking," Curry sarcastically responded when asked about it Monday, adding:

"I don't know what the explanation was, it doesn't really matter in terms of how we feel about it. Good thing about what we do—and hopefully what Draymond can do—is just put it behind him, continue to be himself, play his game, impact the game like he knows how to do, but it's obviously not shocking."

Green was assessed a flagrant-2 and subsequently ejected from the game for this foul on Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke with just over one minute remaining in the first half of the Warriors' 117-116 win over Memphis in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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

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Draymond got ejected for this play. <a href="https://t.co/GrNs69FzNf">pic.twitter.com/GrNs69FzNf</a>

Green posted six points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 17 minutes before exiting.

As Madeline Kenney of the Mercury News noted, players who get four flagrant foul points in the postseason must serve an automatic one-game suspension. A flagrant-2 is worth two points, while a flagrant-1 is worth one point. That means another flagrant-2 would end up resulting in a suspension for Green.

The forward felt the effect of that point system when he was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors lost that game and eventually blew a 3-1 series lead against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Green clearly wasn't thrilled with the decision and said it was a "reputation thing."

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Draymond's thoughts on his Game 1 ejection 👀 <a href="https://t.co/98Be0EZxLB">pic.twitter.com/98Be0EZxLB</a>

He also spoke about the decision on his podcast:

Referee Kane Fitzgerald, who made the initial flagrant-2 call, provided his reasoning in a postgame pool report.

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Referee Kane Fitzgerald explains why Warriors’ Draymond Green was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected during Game 1: <a href="https://t.co/VwXwS16g6Z">pic.twitter.com/VwXwS16g6Z</a>

The Warriors ended up winning the game despite losing Green for the final 25 minutes. They are up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series and will play in Memphis for Game 2 on Tuesday evening at 9:30 p.m. ET.