Rudy Gobert Was Right About Draymond Green Ejections

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The Minnesota Timberwolves finally lost a game on Wednesday night, vs the Suns. After two grueling wins in San Francisco vs the Golden State Warriors, the Wolves had nothing left in the gas tank by the time they crashed into Phoenix and slept through a 133-115 drubbing.

Their lack of focus and energy wasn’t a surprise, after everything that happened a couple of states away one night earlier. Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels were tossed for trying to rip each others’ jerseys off early in the 1st quarter.

Draymond Green was ejected too, and later suspended, for putting Rudy Gobert in a 10-second sleeper hold (that Adam Sandler is surely proud of) that quickly diverted attention away from the original kerfuffle.

Rudy Gobert Says Draymond Green ejections are Steph Curry related

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When the dust settled and everyone was ejected accordingly, Minnesota went on to defeat Golden State in a game that was way closer than it should have been, given the Warriors were without their core three players.

In the postgame Wolves locker room, the Gobert vs Green drama got meatier when Rudy called Draymond’s headlock “clown behavior”. But the cherry on top came when the Timberwolves big man floated his theory regarding the intent behind said clown behavior…

Steph Curry was ruled out of the Timberwolves vs Warriors game, just a few hours prior to tip-off, because of knee soreness. Is it really possible that Draymond Green hates playing without Steph Curry so much that he actively pursues ways out of games without “his guy”?

That putting Rudy in a sleeperhold while he was trying to break up the fight between Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels was nothing more than Green seizing an opportunity to go watch the game back in the locker room with Steph? Big if true…

Turns out, Gobert is right…

And what do you know, it looks like Gobert’s accusations are rooted in truth. Of course, the internet did some digging on Draymond’s past ejections and guess what they found…? According to, seven of the last eleven (64%) Draymond Green ejections have come in games where Steph Curry wasn’t playing.

Apparently, the first of those last eleven ejections came vs Rudy Gobert’s Utah Jazz, meaning the now Wolves center has been paying attention to this odd phenomenon for years.

The (8-3) Minnesota Timberwolves will look to rebound from their loss vs the Suns, on Saturday, when the play in New Orleans vs the Pelicans.

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