Chris Paul says he’ll pay for Gerald Green’s fine
Houston Rockets forward Gerald Green will get his technical foul and ejection fines paid for by the very man he defended during a 129-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I told him I appreciate it, and I’ll cover whatever fine,” Chris Paul said after the game, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.
Green came to the defense of his point guard after the latter had been shoved out of bounds by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Gorgui Dieng, who then took a shove of his own into the stands.
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Green was consequently ejected from the game early in the fourth quarter, while the refs gave Dieng a technical foul for getting overly-aggressive and pushing Paul out of bounds.
“I’m just trying to be there for my teammate,” said Green. “I saw something happen and I reacted. I paid the consequences for it. I learned my lesson, got ejected, try not to do that again, and hopefully we’re going to move forward from this.”
Paul often gets these kinds of reactions due to his scrappy play and overly-aggressive tendencies when going for the ball. In this play, he’s seen reaching across Dieng’s face, despite having 11 inches of a disadvantage, getting called for the foul. But sometimes that recklessness doesn’t fly, causing the likes of Dieng to respond with some chippiness of their own.
Green stuck up for his teammate, but this surely did more good than harm to this Rockets team, who still managed to win the game and now come away with a re-enforced sense of unity among teammates.