Rudy Gobert suggests Draymond Green’s headlock and ejection were premeditated since Warriors were without Steph Curry
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Rudy Gobert suggests Draymond Green’s headlock and ejection were premeditated since Warriors were without Steph Curry

Nov 15, 2023

Rudy Gobert said Draymond Green was trying to get ejected on a night when the Golden State Warriors were forced to play without superstar Stephen Curry.

Gobert’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Green’s Warriors got into it on Wednesday.

Draymond Green, 23, reacts after putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock

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Draymond Green, 23, reacts after putting Rudy Gobert in a headlockCredit: Getty

There were multiple player ejections and Klay Thompson’s jersey was ripped.

Green also put Gobert in a headlock, pulling out a move normally reserved for wrestling, not basketball.

But the biggest blow was delivered by Gobert after the Timberwolves fought for a 104-101 road victory.

“Every time Steph doesn’t play, he [Green] doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph, so he does anything he can to get ejected,” Gobert said.

Those were post-fighting words and it’s clearer than ever that there’s bad blood between Gobert and Green.

The Minnesota big man also called Green’s choke move “clown behavior.”

“We just found a way to win ugly in a game that was pretty ugly,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch said. “All credit to (the Warriors), those guys, they were super physical and took us out of our rhythm. But we found a way to win it and showed some toughness mentally.”

The reality is that the Warriors (6-6) are already struggling and failing to meet expectations.

New addition Chris Paul is still finding his way with Golden State.

Without Curry, the Warriors lack a consistent offense.

The NBA‘s best shooter underwent an MRI for knee soreness.

Green has consistently been a problem for Golden State, while Minnesota is finally playing up to its potential and has started 8-2 this season.

Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates a tough Minnesota win after Green was ejected

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Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates a tough Minnesota win after Green was ejectedCredit: Getty

While some will insist that Green was taking up for Thompson, others will only see Green again being ejected and failing to deliver on the court.

Green and Thompson combined for just four minutes and zero points in another Golden State defeat.

Gobert’s Wolves were the stronger team on Wednesday and the Minnesota big men went out of his way to put down Green after the win.


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