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NBA villain Draymond Green ‘declares war on Australia’ in Patty Mills’ ugly act

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has come under fire again after he tackled Australian star Patty Mills to the ground by the neck in his latest ugly NBA move.

Green has a mile-long attacking record in his 12-year NBA career, having been the star of the Warriors’ four championship-winning seasons since 2015.

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But in recent months, things started to get out of hand for fans.

In last year’s playoffs, Green was ejected from the second game of the series against the Sacramento Kings for trampling rival Domantas Sabonis.

Earlier this season, Green was suspended for five games after a headlock on Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was subsequently suspended “indefinitely” after being thrown over a swinging right arm that struck the head/neck area of ​​Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic.

Green missed 16 games as officials hoped this would be enough punishment to deter “repeated unsportsmanlike conduct in the past.”

Green ranks second on the all-time list with 20 ejections, behind only Rasheed Wallace with 29.

And in the Warriors’ 113-92 victory over the Miami Heat, he was successful again when he took on Australian champion Mills.

They came into conflict in the first quarter when Green tried to avoid a Mills screen and instead hung the Australian star on a hanger.

Commentators called the action “dangerous” and added “yikes.”

Incredibly, the commentators questioned whether it was a flagrant foul, but it was a run-of-the-mill foul that left fans stunned.

The Pick and Roll AU tweeted: “Draymond Green declared war on Australia.”

San Antonio Spurs fan site Spurs Central wrote: “Draymond Green is indefensible at this point. Patty Mills is one of the nicest guys in the league, like what’s wrong with that girlfriend.”

Another fan posted: “And they didn’t call it blatant. Craziness.”

Another fan wrote: “Top 1 most unlikable clowns in this league.”

Another added: “The fact that this hasn’t been called out as blatant makes us wonder what he thinks of the referees.”

Another commented: “Brudda trying to do the backbreaker on Randy Orton.”

Bar stool sports appeared to allege a conspiracy, arguing, “The fact that this was ruled a common foul also shows us that Adam Silver has told his team that the Warriors are on life support and the NBA wants Steph Curry in the play-in.”

“This is not a common foul for any other player, not even in an accident. This is borderline assault, bro!”

To be fair, there were plenty of others who claimed things looked worse in slow motion or that Mills flopped, even though Green is clearly pulling Mills right back.

The result sees the Warriors remain in 10th place in the West and one game ahead of the Rockets for the final play-in position, while the Heat sit in seventh place in the East.

Klay Thompson scored 28 points off the bench, including six three-pointers, while Jonathan Kuminga added 18 points.

Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins added 17 each as the Warriors improved to 37-34 and remained in 10th place in the West.

Bam Adebayo had 24 for the Heat in a single for Miami.

Mills added just two points in 18 minutes.

Mills, who joined the Heat from Atlanta earlier this month, will receive regular minutes for Miami, which will be important as the 35-year-old is expected to once again be a key member of the Boomers’ Olympic campaign.

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