Dubs’ Green suspended 1 game after 16th tech

The NBA will not rescind Draymond Green‘s 16th technical foul of the season, the league announced Thursday, meaning Green will be suspended for one game without pay.

Green will serve his suspension Friday night when the Golden State Warriors face the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.

The tech came with 40 seconds left in the first half of the Warriors’ 134-126 loss at the LA Clippers on Wednesday when Green appeared to have thrown the ball at Russell Westbrook after Ivica Zubac scored.

Following the loss, Green was confident the league would change its mind and bring his technical foul total back to 15.

“I expect something to change,” Green said. “If that’s a technical, then every word you say on the court is a technical.”

If Green gets another technical foul, he will be fined a minimum of $5,000. If he gets two more, he will be suspended again.

“I’ve never said one word to Draymond, and he’s never gone over the limit,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said last week. “He always comes right up to the edge and then he stops. He knows how valuable he is, I don’t have to say anything to him. He knows that he can’t get that next one; we need him.”

In addition to Green, the Warriors will be without Andre Iguodala (left wrist fracture), Gary Payton II (right adductor soreness) and Andrew Wiggins (personal reasons). Two-way players Ty Jerome and Anthony Lamb are also ineligible to play because two-way players cannot combine for over 90 games if the 15th roster spot is vacant. Lamb has also hit his 50-game maximum.

That means the Warriors could have just nine players at most available on Friday. However, Stephen Curry is listed as questionable with left thumb soreness and Kevon Looney is probable with low back soreness.

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