Draymond Green And Bradley Beal Throw Down, Spark Warriors–Wizards Scuffle

Bryan Brandom
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Last night’s contest between the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards was probably a preview of the second-likeliest NBA Finals matchup thanks to an embarrassingly shallow Eastern Conference.

In that unlikely event, we’d be in for a hell of a scrap if the Warriors’ 120-117 comeback victory is any indication.

Near the end of the first half with Golden State in a deep hole, Wizards guard Bradley Beal struck Draymond Green in the face during a boxout before the two tussled to the ground as teammates mobbed the scene.

Somehow, the biggest blow was an intrasquad one, with noted scuffler Kelly Oubre accidentally clocking teammate John Wall.

Oubre also caught Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson in the process, though it’s not clear if that was his intention.

The third-year pro then apologized to Thompson.

Both Green and Beal were ejected, though the former didn’t agree with that decision.

“I don’t know what you’re supposed to do if someone hits you twice,” Green said. “Man, you’re taught as a kid not to allow that. What was I supposed to do? 

There’s a history with me and the NBA. That’s the only reason I can think of why I was ejected.”

It sure sounds like Beal knows he was in the wrong: 

It was a scuffle. I’m not gonna go into details about it. I’ll do that with the league tomorrow. We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected. I told my teammates that I can’t put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle out against a tough team without me out there. Granted, we still could have won the game, I felt like. But I can’t put my guys in that type of situation.

As soon as it happened, at halftime I apologized. And I apologized again after the game, man, because that’s unacceptable by me, for sure. I gotta show better leadership and better control as well.