By Jon Krawczynski, Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson II
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, ahead Draymond Inexperienced and Minnesota Timberwolves ahead Jaden McDaniels had been ejected after an altercation broke out within the first quarter of Tuesday’s recreation.
Simply 1:43 into the matchup, Thompson and McDaniels bought right into a scuffle at midcourt that noticed each gamers grabbing one another’s jersey. Moments later Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert — who appeared to try to interrupt up the altercation — was grabbed across the neck by Inexperienced earlier than gamers and coaches stepped in to interrupt it up.
Thompson, Inexperienced and McDaniels had been despatched off.
The Timberwolves gained 104-101 over the Warriors. Minnesota improved to 8-2 whereas Golden State fell to 6-6.
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What precisely occurred between Thompson and McDaniels?
Thompson was boxing out McDaniels in the proper nook on one of many night time’s first possessions. As a part of it, Thompson appeared to seize McDaniels’ jersey. McDaniels took exception. He grabbed Thompson’s jersey and commenced to yank it, which sparked an odd and prolonged tug of struggle between the 2 that devolved right into a a lot bigger mud up. Thompson’s jersey was ripped. After the overview, each had been ejected. — Anthony Slater, Warriors beat author
The Warriors and T-Wolves bought right into a scuffle within the first 1:43 of play.
Draymond Inexperienced put Rudy Gobert in a headlock.
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What precisely occurred between Inexperienced and Gobert?
Because the confrontation between McDaniels and Thompson spilled onto the Warriors facet of the court docket, Gobert got here in and grabbed Thompson from behind. That introduced Inexperienced into the fracas, and he put Gobert in a chokehold to drag him off of Thompson. Karl-Anthony Cities and Anthony Edwards grabbed Inexperienced and Gobert, and tempers continued to flare. McDaniels was significantly heated, needing to be restrained by teammates as he hollered at Thompson. — Jon Krawczynski, Timberwolves beat author
Is there a longer-term concern for Warriors?
Probably. I’d doubt Thompson and McDaniels get any additional self-discipline, however everybody is aware of the historical past between Inexperienced and the NBA. They even admitted after the primary spherical stomp of Domantas Sabonis that they suspended Inexperienced a recreation partially due to his previous. That’ll presumably play into the equation once more as they overview this incident within the coming days. In the event that they deem Inexperienced’s headlock of Gobert extreme, he could possibly be dealing with one other suspension on the heels of two separate ejections this week. — Slater
Warriors’ observations: What went down in loss to the Timberwolves
What shedding McDaniels means for Timberwolves
McDaniels is the Wolves’ greatest perimeter defender. His significance for this recreation was diminished barely with Steph Curry sitting out, however the Wolves nonetheless will miss the strain he can placed on Chris Paul and Andrew Wiggins. From a workforce perspective, the battle positively appeared to rattle the Wolves early within the recreation. They struggled at first to calm the sport down, lacking pictures, turning the ball over and searching disorganized on protection, which performed into the short-handed Warriors’ palms within the early going. — Krawczynski
How the Warriors exchange Inexperienced
Inexperienced’s well-known final altercation was along with his personal teammate. It price him some credibility within the locker room. How will this impression his place within the locker room since he got here to the protection of Thompson? Will it’s seen as a superb factor? The Warriors’ early season begin has been characterised by the great vibes, which had been opposite to final yr. Inexperienced mentioned the chemistry final yr was terrible.
Will this be a galvanizing pressure for the Warriors? Or the newest incident the place Inexperienced going overboard prices the Warriors?
This figures to create a giant alternative for Jonathan Kuminga. With Inexperienced out, that’s half-hour of motion obtainable on the Warriors’ entrance court docket. The Warriors desperately want considered one of their younger gamers to take a leap, particularly as size and athleticism have been recognized to trigger the Warriors issues.
One other potential alternative arises for Trayce Jackson-Davis, the rookie large the Warriors love. Inexperienced is basically the Warriors’ back-up heart. — Marcus Thompson II, senior columnist
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