- The altercation occurred only 100 seconds after the game had first tipped off
- Golden State was already without point guard Stephen Curry due to a knee injury
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Not even two minutes into Tuesday night’s game, Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels became tangled up at half court before putting hands on each other to start the altercation.
As Gobert appeared to try and break up the incident, Draymond Green came flying in from several feet away and immediately put the 7-foot-1 Timberwolves center in a headlock before dragging him several feet across the floor as teammates intervened.
While Green tightened the hold and dragged his much larger opponent across the floor, Gobert could be seen throwing his arms in the air as if to say ‘what the heck’ – before reaching out in an effort to grab his teammates hands so they could pull him free.
After the altercation was reviewed by officials, Thompson and McDaniels were assessed two technical fouls while Green was given a flagrant foul 2.
Draymond Green was ejected for putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock as the Timberwolves faced the Warriors
The fight had started between Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels
It was the first time in the last 25 seasons that multiple players were ejected from the game before either team scored a basket.
It is also the second time in the last three games that Green has been ejected, after he was also tossed from Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with two technical fouls.
Losing two starters only 100 seconds into Tuesday’s game was not the only bad news in Golden State due to point guard Stephen Curry’s latest injury.
Curry missed the game due to an injury that is believed to be a sprained right knee, according to The Athletic.
He underwent an MRI during the day and the team is awaiting the results to confirm the injury and a timetable for his recovery.