You may have heard that the Warriors superstar Draymond Green (a 3x NBA champion) doesn’t always agree with the officials. Green is normally a technical foul magnet for this very reason — his passionate arguments against certain calls, however cogent, unsurprisingly strike the referees as bad conduct.
Yet lately Green has been on very good behavior. As Anthony Slater points out, Green hasn’t had a tech for arguing a call since Game 1 of the Rockets series. This drought of referee adversity for Green has coincided with his most dominant play in recent memory. Green recognized the error of his ways, and in fixing it he has essentially changed the character of the Warriors on the court.
Draymond Green hasn’t got a technical in this series, hasn’t got one for arguing with a referee since Game 1 of Rockets series: “I got to a point when I was doing more crying than playing. I’m sure it was disgusting to watch.”
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 19, 2019
The self-aware Green said he realized “I was doing more crying than playing” and said “I’m sure it was disgusting to watch.” In the Warriors Game 3 victory the very undisgusting Green recorded 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. And, to repeat, no technical fouls for arguing calls.