Golden State forward Draymond Green has been suspended for one game without pay for stepping on the chest of Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis and will miss game three of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series.
The NBA made the announcement two days before the series shifts to the defending champions’ home court at Chase Center.
“The suspension was based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts,” the release said.
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Golden State trailed the best-of-seven series 0-2, the first time during the Stephen Curry era the Warriors have been down by two games in their last 28 playoff series.
In the fourth quarter of the Kings’ 114-106 game two win, Green stomped on the chest of Sabonis after Curry grabbed a defensive rebound.
With the Warriors pushing the ball up court and Sabonis on the ground, Green took a hard step on Sabonis, who stayed down for several minutes as officials reviewed the play.
Sabonis was called for a technical foul for grabbing Green’s leg and Green was given a flagrant-2 foul that led to an automatic ejection.
“My leg got grabbed,” said Green, referring to a play in game one with Malik Monk.
“Second time in two nights. Referees just watch it. I have to land my foot somewhere. I’m not the most flexible person, so it’s not stretching that far.”
The Kings said Sabonis underwent tests that determined he had a bruised sternum and is questionable for game three.
Credited as the Warriors’ emotional leader, Green has long walked a fine line of pushing the limits with officials — and has even expressed he now feels they’re out to get him.
The 33-year-old Green has been called for six flagrant fouls and 27 technical fouls in 147 career playoff games. He was ejected from a playoff game against Memphis last season.
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