SACRAMENTO — After Draymond Green drew a technical foul late in the third quarter on Saturday night, Steve Kerr lost his mind.
As part of his expletive-laden tirade, the Golden State Warriors head coach stormed out onto the floor as assistant Mike Brown did his best to hold his boss back. Kerr drew a technical of his own and kept going, quickly earning an ejection from the Dubs’ eventual 109-106 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.
“I got what I deserved. I deserved to be ejected — so I was,” Kerr explained after the loss. “I have no complaints.”
When pressed on the topic, Kerr insisted that he wasn’t trying to fire up his squad with his theatrics.
“I was angry,” Kerr said. “I was angry about some calls, and like I said, I got mad and I deserved to get kicked out.”
After his ejection, Kerr watched the rest of the game, which featured just 22 assists, on TV.
“We got what we deserved — before I was tossed and after,” Kerr said. “It was one of the worst games we played all season. We had no purpose. The ball didn’t move. I didn’t even recognize our team out there tonight. Maybe we were due for one. We’ve been playing well. We had a great run. But that was not us and I give them credit.”
On a night when Stephen Curry produced yet another brilliant performance, the back-to-back MVP also missed the potential game-winning layup in the closing seconds of overtime.
“We had a play drawn up to try and get me open in the corner, and the way they defended, that backdoor was open,” Curry said. “I kind of rushed it. I saw [Anthony] Tolliver coming over, but it didn’t really affect it. I just missed it. So, [it was] a tough way to end the game with a shot at point-blank range to erase all the mishaps earlier, but it’s just the way it went.”
After dropping 35 points in the loss at Golden 1 Center, Curry is now averaging 34.4 points over the past five contests. Curry, who sank 8-of-14 triples, is shooting 56 percent from beyond the arc during that stretch.
With big men Zaza Pachulia and David West missing, the Warriors struggled to contain Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. The Western Conference All-Star starter finished the night one assist shy of a triple-double, going for 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
The game wouldn’t have even reached overtime if not for a poor decision from Cousins. With the clock winding down in regulation, Cousins forced a fadeaway 21-footer, which would have broken the 98-98 tie had it gone down.
With just over a minute left in the first half, the Warriors endured a nervous moment when Green went careening through the lane. As the two-time All Star missed his layup, he crashed to the deck with a thud, colliding with the first row of fans and cameras.
As the other nine players on the floor raced down to the other end of the court, Green remained down on the ground below the basket, Dubs bench players hurrying over to check on him even as play went on.
Green, who remained down for a couple of minutes, rocked back and forth on the ground as trainers checked on what the team would later announce was a right knee contusion.
After not starting the second half, Green returned to the game with just over 10 minutes left on the clock in the third quarter, ending his night with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.