SAN FRANCISCO — The in-season tournament game between the Warriors and Timberwolves erupted into controversy on Tuesday night as a fight led to the ejection of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Jaden McDaniels less than two minutes into the event. Green, in particular, was ejected after putting Minnesota center Rudy Gobert in a headlock.
With Stephen Curry already sidelined due to an injury, the Warriors suffered a 104-101 loss without three of their core players.
Gobert, anticipating aggressive behavior due to Curry’s absence, referred to Green’s actions as “clown behavior” multiple times in his comments after the game.
According to reports from the game, McDaniels and Thompson got tangled up while moving down the court, resulting in a heated altercation between the two players.
Other players joined the confrontation, leading to Green putting Gobert in a headlock. As officials reviewed the altercation, Thompson and McDaniels were assessed two technical fouls each, and Green was given a flagrant foul 2.
The incident marked the first time in the past quarter-century in which multiple players were ejected before either team scored.
Minnesota coach Chris Finch expressed support for the officials’ decisions, describing the game as very physical but not dangerous or out of control
The consequences of the fight are still uncertain, with Gobert expressing his hope that the NBA will take appropriate action. Meanwhile, Green’s ejection marked his second of the season following an earlier ejection against the Cleveland Cavaliers
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.
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