The Hornets stunned the Warriors with a Terry Rozier buzzer-beater Saturday night in Charlotte. It was as anticlimactic a game-winner as you’ll see, though, because of what happened in the seconds just prior to the shot.
For Rozier to even be able to attempt that shot, Charlotte first needed to:
— Control a jump ball at center court.
— Get a timeout after Gordon Hayward gained possession but before he was tied up on the floor by Draymond Green.
— Hit two game-tying free throws after Green was ejected for arguing the timeout call. Yes, the officials ran Green in that situation.
Rozier made the technical free throws with 9.3 seconds to go and then, with Charlotte still in possession, hit from the left wing as time expired.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was direct with his criticism of Green’s actions.
“He crossed the line, that’s the main thing,” Kerr said in his postgame call with reporters. “We love his passion and his energy. We would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn’t give him license to cross that line, and he knows that.”
Golden State forward Eric Paschall told reporters that Green did express regret after the fact. (LANGUAGE WARNING on the first tweet below.)
Eric Paschall on Draymond Green’s two late Ts: “He said it was his fault. He took ownership. We still rocking with Dray no matter what. Shit happens in the NBA. Learn from it.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 21, 2021
Eric Paschall said Draymond Green came into the locker room postgame and said the loss was his fault. “He’s a great leader and competitor,” Paschall said. “You can’t really be mad at that. He wants to win.”
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) February 21, 2021
As to the reason for the ejection, officiating crew chief Mark Davis told a pool reporter after the game that Green received the first technical for “verbally taunting an opponent” (Davis did not identify the player Green taunted) and the second technical for directing “screaming profanity” at an official.