Much like the rest of his teammates, Steph Curry was pretty frustrated after Draymond Green's errant ejection in the first half of the Warriors' 119-104 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night at Chase Center.
Green was assessed a second technical foul with a little over a minute remaining in the second quarter and was automatically ejected as a result. At halftime, the three-man referee crew determined Green should not have been ejected, but did not rescind the technical.
Green has a history (to say it lightly) with technical fouls, and Curry was asked if he believes Green's reputation around the league influences young officials.
"The reason you're asking that question is probably because there is a bias, but that can't be part of how you officiate the game," Curry said. "We're all grown men out there and you have to be able to ref the game that you're reffing in that moment."
Green was issued his second violation of the night when first-year referee John Butler believed Green's profanity was directed at the officials. In actuality, Green was yelling at teammate James Wiseman for committing a turnover during the play before. Green, his teammates and coach Steve Kerr tried to plead the case, but Green was eventually escorted off the court.
"It's pretty self-explanatory," Curry said. "He's been very vocal with James and I know he had already got a tech earlier in the game. So he was mindful of that and just talking to his teammate, and the refs got confused. I don't know what the rules are in that situation."
For Green, the rules need some reevaluation. Following the game, he told The Undefeated's Marc Spears, "Maybe it's time to take a look at that rule. I would love some clarity why that's a rule, if in fact it is a rule."
Golden State was only trailing by six at the half, but without their best defensive player, they faltered heavily. Green finished with three points and eight assist in 17 minutes, while Curry posted a game-high 30 points.
The NBA is likely to officially rescind Green's second technical foul upon review, but that will hardly help Green (or the Warriors) now.