Draymond Green

Watch Draymond Green get ejected in first half of Warriors-Lakers game

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Watch Draymond Green get ejected in first half of Warriors-Lakers game

Different Warriors season. Same Draymond Green.

The All-Star forward picked up technical fouls No. 13 and No. 14 of the season in the second quarter of the Warriors' game against the Lakers on Thursday night, earning himself an early shower.

Draymond has now been ejected from three games as Chase Center this season, the most of any player. With two more technical fouls, Green will be forced to serve a one-game suspension.

Green finished the game with two points, one rebound and four assists in 10 minutes of action.

It has been a frustrating season for Draymond. Without running mates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors have the worst record in the NBA, so it's understandable that Green is a little upset.

Someone who really enjoyed Draymond's ejection was LeBron James, who sat out Thursday game due to a sore groin.

The Lakers superstar could be seen on the bench trying to hide a smile behind one of his teammates.

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Draymond's most famous ejection came at the hands of LeBron in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Sorry Dub Nation, we know that's still a painful moment for you, but it had to be mentioned.

Warriors vs. Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven’t won a home game in nearly six weeks, but the absence of LeBron James on Thursday leaves ajar the door to victory.

Slightly ajar, we should say.

James will be on the sideline nursing a groin injury when the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers (44-12) visit the last-place Warriors (12-46) at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff of the TNT telecast scheduled for 7:30.

The Warriors, in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, also have dropped their last seven at home, the last win being a 109-95 throttling of the Orlando Magic on Jan. 18. Draymond Green's return after a two-game absence should provide leadership and a degree of stability.

The Lakers have won six consecutive games and have stated the goal of securing the No. 1 seed in the conference. LA entered Thursday with a five-game lead over the second-place Denver Nuggets.

The Warriors lost the first two matchups of the season, including a 120-94 Lakers rout on Nov. 13 in LA and a narrow 125-120 victory on Feb. 8 at Chase.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Lakers
F Danny Green
F Anthony Davis
C JaVale McGee
G Rajon Rondo
G Avery Bradley

Warriors
F Marquese Chriss
F Draymond Green
C Dragan Bender
G Damian Lee
G Jordan Poole

INJURY REPORT

Lakers: F Anthony Davis (left elbow soreness) is listed as probable. F LeBron James (groin soreness) is listed as out.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out. F Andrew Wiggins (upper back spasms) was a late scratch. F/C Alen Smailagic is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the G League.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Lakers: With James out, Kuzma likely will get his seventh start of the season. Another option available to coach Frank Vogel would be to insert wing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, three inches shorter than the 6-foot-8 Kuzma, at small forward because KCP is a better defensive option against Wiggins. ... Kuzma’s 12.5 points per game rank third on the team and No. 1 in scoring among LA reserves. Backup center Dwight Howard is No. 2 at 7.7 points per game. ... James has missed only two previous games this season, with the Lakers splitting those games. ... The Lakers are undefeated (17-0) against Western Conference teams away from LA. Their lone "road" loss came at Staples Center on opening night against the host Clippers. ... They average 7.0 blocks per game, with Davis at 2.5, McGee at 1.5 and backup Howard at 1.3 per game. ... If you’re looking for a vulnerable area, try these two: The Lakers are 14-9 when they shoot fewer free throws than opponents, and they are 3-4 when featured on TNT.

Warriors: The return of Green, who has missed 16 games this season, sends rookie Eric Paschall back to the bench after two starts at power forward. ... On the bench and healthy: Center Dragan Bender, point guard Ky Bowman, big man Kevon Looney, shooting guard Mychal Mulder and small forward Juan Toscano-Anderson. Mulder was added to the roster Wednesday after signing a 10-day contract. He averaged 17.0 points per game in 39 games (34 starts) with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League. ... Poole averaged 15.7 points over his last seven games, shooting 44.6 percent from the field, including 23.9 percent from distance. ... Chriss has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 games, averaging 14.2 points over that stretch on 63.9 percent shooting from the field. ... The last Warriors rookie to post more than 40 games with at least 10 points was Klay Thompson in 2011-12. With 24 games remaining, Paschall has 36 such games. ... The Warriors have utilized 29 different starting lineups this season. That's their highest since 2009-10, when they tried 49 starting lineups.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Tyler Ford, Marat Kogut.

Warriors have number of must-see games as Steph Curry's return looms

Warriors have number of must-see games as Steph Curry's return looms

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

There hasn't been a lot to cheer about for the Warriors this season, so with 24 games left on the schedule, those looking to be entertained (and are not overly worried about draft odds) should be quite excited about Steph Curry's imminent return. With him back in the lineup, every game the rest of the way should be intriguing as we watch the development of on-court chemistry between him and Andrew Wiggins.

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A few of the 24 remaining matchups stand out above the rest:

March 10 vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Arguably the most dangerous team in the Western Conference comes to Chase Center in a couple of weeks. The Clippers have not faced the Warriors since the trade deadline, so the new look Dubs squad with Curry, Wiggins and Draymond Green should be an exciting home matchup against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

It is uncertain if all the stars will play, but if they do, the Chase Center crowd will be ready for fireworks.

March 14 at Milwaukee Bucks

If the Clippers are the possible favorites to represent the West in the Finals, the Bucks are expected to meet them there out of the Eastern Conference.

The matchup will be very tough for the Warriors, and likely will result in a loss. But everyone will be keeping a close eye on the game within the game -- the competition and interactions between Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Perhaps a surprise Warriors win would be a great pitch to woo the Greek Freak to the Bay Area.

March 16 at Toronto Raptors

The first contest between the 2019 Finals teams will be in mid-March, and while there have been plenty of changes to the rosters (primarily the Warriors'), there is sure to be a good atmosphere in Toronto.

While the Warriors' season has hit rock bottom, the Raptors have impressively coped with the loss of Leonard and currently own the second-best record in the East. This will be another tough game for the Warriors, but some pride may be on the line for Curry, Green and Kevon Looney after their defeat last June.

March 21 at New York Knicks

When Curry suits up in Madison Square Garden, it always is a spectacle. The Knicks constantly are reminded of what could have been if they had drafted Curry, who has publicly said that New York was where he originally wanted to play coming out of college.

Like the Warriors, the Knicks have had a terrible season, so this game will be very winnable. But it will come at the end of a rough five-game road trip against the East's best, so it is hard to predict which Warriors team will show up.

March 25 vs. Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young against Curry. That itself should inspire the masses to watch the two lottery-bound teams compete in San Francisco.

The Hawks are bristling with some young talented players, so a matchup against the up-and-coming Warriors rookies and young vets, like Eric Paschall and Marquese Chriss, should be fun. The two teams also are willing trade partners, with former Warriors front office executive Travis Schlenk running the Hawks basketball operations, so perhaps the two squads will be scouting each other for future deals as well.

April 2 at Houston Rockets

The best win of the Warriors' season had to be the shocking upset of the Rockets on Christmas Day. The rivalry between the two teams always has been must-see, but the addition of Russell Westbrook to the mix has made the games that much more volatile.

Don't forget, it last week when Rockets pummeled the Warriors at Chase Center that Westbrook got into an altercation with multiple Warriors players, ending in his ejection. It is possible that the tension boils over yet again.

April 7 at Lakers

LeBron James will not be playing against the Warriors on Thursday night. But there is a good chance the Lakers will be trying to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference come April 7, so it would not be a surprise if James suits up.

Curry and the Warriors have notoriously shot poorly in Staples Center against the Lakers, but this roster is completely different than past Warriors teams. Hopefully for the Warriors, next year both California rivals will be title contenders.

April 8 vs. Cavaliers

Why would Cleveland be a fun matchup this late in the season? Because there is a very good chance that the Cavs and Warriors will be "competing" for the worst record in the NBA.

Of course, the three worst teams in the league have the same odds of obtaining the No. 1 overall pick, but the team that finishes at the very bottom of the standings is guaranteed to stay within the top five of the draft. The game will be on the second night of a back-to-back, so there is a solid chance that veterans Curry and Green won't play.