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Despite how others may feel, I can appreciate a an occasional basketball brawl. And that’s sort of what Draymond Green and Bradley Beal provided last night.
Late in the first half, Beal had his layup attempt met with a highlight reel swat by Green. That’s when things went north — or south depending on who you’re asking.
Beal then appeared to bump Green out of frustration which prompted a swift left elbow in retaliation.
The final step of escalation was a passive-aggressive right hook delivered from the rear by Beal, which prompted Green to then turn around. Both players proceeded to grapple one another WWE style and wrestled their way down to the hardwood floor.
It took over 30 seconds for officials, coaches, players and security to separate the two.
“I don’t know what I’m supposed to do if someone hits you in the face twice,” Green told ESPN’s Chris Haynes following the tussle. “Man you’re taught as a kid not to allow that. What was I supposed to do? There’s a history with me and the NBA. That’s the only reason I can think of why I was ejected.”
Beal’s responded to the situation saying, “It was a scuffle. I’m not going into details about it. I’ll do that with the league tomorrow. We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected.”
I wish that players would actually do the opposite and disclose “the details” of these exchanges. But of course they can’t because the media would attack their characters
Long story short, this one-round wrestling match resulted in ejection for both players. The Warriors went on to defeat the Wizards 120-117.
These two teams square off again in the nation’s capital on February 28. I’ll most definitely be adding this one to my calendar.