Draymond isn’t worried about flagrant points and recent history suggests he’s right

Warriors forward picked up a flagrant 1 in club’s 116-101 win on Monday

Karl Buscheck
April 17, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 2 win over the Spurs on Monday night, Draymond Green got tangled up with Davis Bertans.

Elbows were involved. Bertans hit the deck and Green ended up with a flagrant 1.

Two games into the postseason, the dreaded Draymond Green flagrant foul clock is officially ticking. Players draw an automatic one-game ban when they accumulate four flagrant points. It’s the same system that doomed Green to a Finals’ suspension.

“There’s more important things in life than worrying about a flagrant point,” Green said after the Game 2 win.

“Maybe it will get rescinded,” Green continued. “I got choked, put in a choke hold like I was in WWE or something. So, it may get rescinded. Who knows?

History makes it unclear whether the Round 1-flagrant is a harbinger of trouble or, if as Green insists, it’s nothing to worry about.

During the regular season, Green seemed to be barreling toward an automatic one-game ban, triggered by 16 technicals. Instead, for the second time in as many seasons, he ran right up to the edge before ending the year with exactly 15 techs.

Green picked up No. 15 — for the second time (the first was rescinded) on March 9 and then avoided any transgressions over the finals 16 games (he only dressed for 12 of them).

Way back in January, Green predicted that very outcome..

“I’m a pretty smart guy,” Green said. “I think. I like to think.”

“So, (it’s) just picking and choosing your spots [and> kind of knowing what to do, what not to do, when to do it and how to do it. Just being a little bit wiser. That’s about it.”

With as many as three-and-a-half playoff rounds looming, it’s time for Green to prove that point.

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