Golden State's Draymond Green disqualified again for punching Jusuf Nurkic

Draymond Green continues to lose his cool. Golden State continues to lose basketball games.

The Warriors were defeated 119-116 by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Green was ejected for the second time that night after punching Jusuf Nurkic in the face when the two were struggling for position in the third quarter.

Golden State, which has won four championships in the last decade, is 10-13 this season, and Green might face another league punishment. It’s been less than a month since the NBA punished the four-time All-Star for five games for putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert in a headlock during an altercation in November.

Following Tuesday’s game, the 33-year-old apologized, but it’s unclear whether he’ll face further penalties from the NBA.

Golden State's Draymond Green disqualified again for punching Jusuf Nurkic

“He was pulling on my hip, and I was swinging away to sell the call,” Green said. “I got in touch with him. As you know, I’m not one to apologize for something I didn’t want to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf for hitting him.”

Green’s 18th dismissal, the highest among active players, was yet another perplexing experience for the seasoned forward. It might lead to more punishment, especially because the league mentioned Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior when handing the last suspension.

“We need him, we need Draymond,” stated Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “He is aware of this; we have spoken with him.” He has to find a way to maintain his composure while also being present for his teammates.”

Green’s rage appeared to come out of nowhere. He and Nurkic were fighting for position early in the third when they got tangled up. Green appeared to lose his equilibrium briefly before wheeling about and slamming Nurkic in the face with his right fist.

“I’m not sure what’s going on with him,” Nurkic admitted. “I personally believe that brother requires assistance. I’m relieved he didn’t try to strangle me… That has absolutely nothing to do with basketball. “I’m just trying to play basketball.”

Nurkic collapsed to the ground immediately after the strike, but he finally stood up and returned to the game. Green was called for a Flagrant 2 foul, which resulted in an automatic ejection when the referees reviewed the action.

Golden State's Draymond Green disqualified again for punching Jusuf Nurkic

“It just looked like a reckless, dangerous play,” said Suns coach Frank Vogel. “I’m concerned about our players getting hit on plays like that. It didn’t sit well with me. The officials did their jobs. The league will do what is necessary.”

Other Warriors were unhappy on Tuesday for reasons unrelated to Green’s expulsion. In the final minutes, Kerr used a primarily backup lineup, benching five-time All-Star Klay Thompson.

Thompson was visibly unhappy after the game, despite scoring seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in 27 minutes. These are trying times for a proud franchise that has had a lot of success over the last ten years.

“Of course, it frustrates me,” Thompson admitted. “Do you think I’m just going to relax?” I’m insanely competitive, man. After all, I’m one of the most competitive persons to put on this uniform. That I can say with certainty.

“Whatever — I guess I didn’t bring it tonight,” the benched guard explained. “Deserved it.”

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