Tempers flared in the Washington Wizards versus the Golden State Warriors contest Friday night as Bradley Beal and Draymond Green get in a scuffle in the last minutes of the second quarter.
Tensions were high before the intense scuffle between Washington Wizards‘ Bradley Beal and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in Golden State’s comeback victory, 120-117 against the Wizards.
Green, who entered Friday’s contest with 50 career technical fouls, barked recklessly throughout the first half. The aggressive trash talking and arguing from Green eventually led to his first technical foul of the game with 8:05 remaining in the opening half.
However, with 19 seconds until halftime, tempers boiled after Green boxed out Beal following a three-point attempt by Wizards forward Kelly Oubre. Shortly after, Beal and Green began to go at it as the two get locked up and crashed to the floor.
As two of the three referees stood there and watched the fight (kudos to the one ref that actually did something), in-game players from both teams rushed to break up the scuffle.
Green backpedaled to the Warriors bench with a ripped jersey:
To no surprise, Beal was ejected from the game. However, to the shock of the soldout crowd at Oracle Arena, Green also was thrown out of the game, his fourth of his career. The ejection caused Green to erupt and continued to shout profane remarks throughout the tunnel and into the Warriors locker room.
Everyone is quick to point the finger at Beal for being the instigator of the altercation, which is likely the case. When rewinding the tape, I assume Beal snapped after his shot was ferociously blocked by Green and matters only escalated once the two got tangled under the rim.
The video evidence from Tim Cato clearly shows Beal with the blindside right hook to the former Michigan State standout. You be the judge and tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Likely Suspensions from Bradley Beal-Draymond Green Fight
If your teammate is involved in a fight that happens to be right in front of you, naturally your first instinct is to help. Well, that’s what Wizards newcomer Carrick Felix did, along with the injured and inactive Markieff Morris.
For those not familiar with the recently modified rule, players who leave the vicinity of the bench and onto the court results in a suspension. This means not only Beal will receive a suspension, but also Morris, who is expected to return in the coming weeks.
Wall Calls Out Curry for Flopping
Tempers flared from the start that featured jawing between Wizards All-Star John Wall and Warriors star Stephen Curry.
The scrappy moment arose midway through the first quarter after Wall was called for an offensive foul that sent Curry crashing to the ground. Wall quickly called out Curry for flopping as the two continued to exchange words.