Report: Technicals assessed to Draymond Green, Nene rescinded
Technical fouls assessed to Draymond Green and Nene during Game 2 of the second-round series between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have been rescinded by the NBA, per a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Steve Kerr indicated after Tuesday night’s 115-109 victory that the Warriors would ask the league to rescind Green’s technical, though it’s unclear what influenced the NBA’s decision.
“If the way to handle it is to call a double technical, I think the league needs to consider that,” Kerr said, via the San Jose Mercury News.
The incident in question occurred late in the third quarter after Green and Nene got tangled up and started jawing at one another following a James Harden free throw.
Nene & Draymond’s double tech. pic.twitter.com/14JLO6Gh3F— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 1, 2019
After the game, Green not surprisingly bemoaned getting T’d up.
“I don’t really get off on techs anymore,” Green said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “It is what it is. We’ll see what happens. I think tonight was a great officiated game. They let us be physical, both teams, and they made the calls they needed to make. It was kind of disheartening for the game that I love to see the talk over the last two days was nothing about basketball and everything about foul calls. Like, is that what this game is coming to? That the talk is going to be about foul calls? I love the game of basketball, so it was fun out there tonight. They let us be physical, they let us play the game of basketball, which I enjoy and I ain’t really worried about a technical foul. It is what it is.”
The situation comes amid officiating becoming the central storyline of the Rockets-Warriors series, so it’s arguably encouraging the NBA got it right in the end.
The rescinding of the technicals was of far greater importance to Green as he goes back to being saddled with only three technicals so far this postseason. Once a player is hit with seven technical fouls in the playoffs, an automatic one-game suspension is handed down as punishment.