Fight Night at Oracle: Draymond Green, Bradley Beal both ejected for skirmish

Fight Night at Oracle: Draymond Green, Bradley Beal both ejected for skirmish

OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Draymond Green and Wizards guard Bradley Beal were assessed double technical fouls for fighting and ejected with late in the first half of a 120-117 Warriors victory Friday night at Oracle Arena.

The beef actually began with 23 seconds remaining in the half after the 6-foot-7 Green blocked Beal’s shot and had a few choice words for the 6-foot-5 guard.

Play continued, with Washington forward Kelly Oubre missing a 3-point shot, after which Beal, being blocked out by Green, took an open-handed swing that caught Green on the neck and side of his face.

Green at that point spun and used both hands to grabbed Beal, the two locking arms above each other’s shoulders, with Green walking Beal backward until both fell, with Green landing on top.

“I don't know what I'm supposed to do if someone hits you twice," Green told ESPN before leaving the locker room at halftime. "Man, you're taught as a kid not to allow that. What was I supposed to do?”

With players from both teams rushing in, it took about 30 seconds for the officiating crew to separate the combatants. Green’s jersey was badly torn.

After a brief review and discussion among officials, both players were ejected with 19.5 seconds remaining and the Warriors trailing 64-50. No other players were ejected, but that could change once the NBA office reviews the matter.

“Draymond defended himself and bit the bullet in terms of being ejected from the game,” David West said.

Green implied that his ejection was as much the product of his reputation as it was for being part of the skirmish.

"There's history with me and the NBA,” he told ESPN. “That's the only reason I can think of why I was ejected.”

On his way to the visitor’s locker room, Beal briefly engaged a particularly vocal fan before disappearing into the bowels of the arena

“I’m not going to get into details about it,” Beal said, referring to his tiff with Green. “I’ll do that with the league (on Saturday), but we just got into it and things got out of hand.”

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.