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Draymond owns up to Saturday's ejection, compares it to his '16 Finals suspension

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Draymond Green's outburst at the refs late in Saturday's game against the Charlotte Hornets cost the Warriors a game. Yesterday, Draymond admitted he was wrong for losing his temper.

I was dead-ass wrong. Not that I was wrong, like I said, for the first tech, per se. Whatever that situation is, once I have the first tech, I can't get the second tech. And so, I was a bit disappointed. I'm still a bit disappointed in myself.

Draymond Green, Yahoo Sports

With the Warriors up 100-98, Draymond and Gordon Hayward fought for over a loose ball after a jump-ball at half-court. Officials ruled the Hornets forward wound up in possession of the ball, allowing them a timeout with 9.3 seconds on the clock, causing Green to lose his temper.

The 9-year veteran drew the first technical for protesting the call, but he didn't stop there. Seconds later, he picked up another one, allowing Charlotte to tie the game at 100 apiece seconds before Terry Rozier hit the buzzer-beating fall-away jumper, closing out Golden State 102-100.

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"He crossed the line. That's the main thing," Kerr told reporters after the game. "We love his passion and his energy, and we would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn't give him license to cross the line, and he knows that."

Draymond knows that. In fact, he feels worse about his outburst on Saturday than he did after a suspension during the '16 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That whole situation bothered me -- more than being suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2016. The reason it bothered me more, this situation, in particular, I had complete control over. I let that control get away from me. In turn, I let the game get away from myself and my teammates.

Draymond Green, Yahoo Sports

It seems Draymond still blames the NBA for his suspension in '16, more than he does himself. And he may as well be right. But the fact is that one, in particular, was a cumulative effect of multiple cheap shots by Draymond. Once the pattern was there, it wasn't hard for the NBA to point their finger at Green after his altercation with LeBron James.

Up until that point, Green had control over the situation after getting away with murder on multiple occasions. The problem occurred when he decided to continue his habit of attacking opponents' groins. His antics resulted in a suspension, which many believe led to the Cavs' historic 3-1 comeback and the organization's first-ever NBA title.

So why is he more bothered by an ejection in a regular-season loss to the Hornets? It's simple -- Draymond knows that one was one him. The one in '16 -- he still blames it on the NBA.


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