Draymond Green’s ejection sinks Warriors in loss to Knicks

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Tired in their second game in two nights and disorganized without one of their most important players, the Warriors lost to the New York Knicks, 119-104, Thursday night at Chase Center.

Twenty-four hours after their most complete win of the season over the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors (8-7) had a difficult time mustering the energy to match a rested Knicks team that had last played Monday.

The Knicks (8-8) scored a season-high 40 points in the first quarter and padded their lead after forward Draymond Green was ejected from the game after just 17 minutes.

There was 1:10 left in the second quarter and the Warriors trailed 60-55 when Green attempted an entry pass to rookie center James Wiseman. With the ball in the air, Wiseman vacated his position in the high-post and attempted to slip to the rim. Green’s pass was stolen by center Nerlens Noel. On their way down the floor, Green screamed at Wiseman, “F— that!” The official, John Butler, thought he was talking to him and called Green for his second technical of the game, prompting his ejection.

It was all downhill from there. Without Green, the Warriors looked like they did in the first four games when Green was sidelined because of a foot injury. They were disorganized on defense: missing rotations, scrambling on ball screens and giving up easy looks.

New York’s offense, led by guard RJ Barrett’s career-high 28 points, painlessly shot 46.3% from the field and 45.8% from 3-point range, and marched to the line, where they went 32-for-41 on free-throw attempts.

In the third quarter, Barrett broke down the Warriors’ defense with drives to the basket that were unencumbered by Green. Barrett’s layup with 4:41 left in the third quarter extended New York’s lead to 12 — a lead that would balloon to 19 when the game was well out of hand.

On offense, the Warriors were without a trusted ball-handler to help set up Stephen Curry, and forced to play unproven rookie Nico Mannion in key minutes. By the time Green walked off to the locker room, he had tallied eight assists. The Warriors totaled 25 for the game.

Golden State shot just 38.4% overall and went 9-for-38 from 3-point range. Curry finished with 30 points on 9-for-19 shooting (5-for-14 from 3-point range) in 35 minutes. Andrew Wiggins, playing against his former coach Tom Thibodeau, had 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting and nine rebounds.

This game was a chance for the Warriors to string together their first three-game winning streak of the season. Instead, they were reminded of just how important Green is to the whole operation.

After opening the season without Green, the Warriors ranked 25th in the league with a defensive rating of 114.3. But with Green in the lineup, Golden State’s defensive rating soared to 106.9 — sixth-best in the league during that stretch. Their single-game defensive rating Thursday was 118.6.

The good news for the Warriors: Green isn’t injured, he was just the victim of an unfortunate technical foul call and will be back in the lineup when they play the Jazz in Utah on Saturday. The bad news: They may not be able to withstand losing Green, 30, for a significant amount of time and still make the postseason.

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[embedded content] Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed his frustration with his team’s undisciplined defense after 119-104 loss against the New York Knicks. The outcome was partly due to the ejection of Draymond Green after the forward was mistakenly hit with a second technical foul in the second quarter. […]