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Dray apologizes for being 'dead-ass wrong' in Hornets ejection

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Draymond Green took some time after the Warriors' loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to think about what transpired in the final seconds when he was assessed two technicals fouls and ejected with nine seconds left and the Warriors leading by two.

His conclusion two days after Terry Rozier's buzzer-beater sent the Warriors to their second consecutive loss was that he was the only one to blame.

"It's changed over the past couple days," Green told reporters Monday about his perspective on the end-of-game incident. "I'd say immediately after that game I was kind of pissed off, just on my feelings on the whole situation, on how the first tech went down more so than the second tech were my initial feelings. Anger that came from the situation.

"As I sat and I thought about the situation and reassessed as I had time to let the whole thing marinate and digest -- I was dead-ass wrong. And not that I was wrong, like I said, for the first tech per se, but once I had the first tech I can't get the second tech. So I was a bit disappointed. I'm still a bit disappointed in myself because I think that whole situation bothered me. I know for sure it did."

With the Warriors leading by two with nine seconds remaining in the game on Saturday, Hornets guard LaMelo Ball tied up Brad Wanamaker, forcing a jump ball at mid-court. Hornets forward Gordon Hayward grabbed the ensuing loose ball and was tied up by Green. However, the Hornets were awarded a timeout. The decision to give the Hornets a timeout and not call another jump ball set Green off and the Warriors forward was given two quick technicals and ejected from the game.

 

Rozier hit the two technical free throws to tie the game and then knocked down a 20-foot pull-up jumper as time expired to give the Hornets a 102-100 win.

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After the loss, Green told his teammates that the loss was on him and he knows that, as a leader, he has to do a better job of keeping his emotions in check in those circumstances.

The Warriors hit the road facing a slew of winnable games. But Golden State lost the first game of the road trip to the Orlando Magic, and the loss to the Hornets set them back to 16-15 with the All-Star break approaching.

Golden State will look to get back on track Tuesday night when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

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