Dennis Schroder was ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 6 second-round showdown against the Golden State Warriors after two aggressive encounters with Draymond Green.
To say that both technical fouls Schroder received were “questionable” would be an understatement.
The second one was particularly egregious.
Draymond Green and Dennis Schroder got hit with double technical fouls after Green shoved the ball in his face.
It was Schroder’s second tech and he’s been ejected 😳pic.twitter.com/rbbHdzLIgV
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 13, 2023
In any event, it would be hard to blame Schroder for being salty towards Green following the Lakers’ big win. But he wasn’t.
Instead, Schroder took to social media to pay respect to his foe.
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“WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS,” he captioned the post. “One of the biggest competitors there is!!! [Draymond Green], a lot of respect for you. HOF.”
You love to see that sportsmanship, particular given what Green said about Anthony Davis.
This Lakers-Warriors series proved to be a crazy one on multiple levels.
On the court, it featured what looks like the end of the Warriors dynasty unfolding before fans’ very eyes. Off it, strange headlines like the Golden State cheerleader whose provocative photos went viral and Jordan Poole’s $500,000 Ice Spice date dominated the headlines.
It was straight up kooky from start to finish.
Now that it’s done with, the Lakers can switch their focus onto a fierce Denver Nuggets team that will go into their Western Conference Finals series as the betting favorites.
Vanessa’s photos immediately went viral after the Lakers won. https://t.co/JW3zgHypm1
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2023
This is a very different group than the one L.A. beat in the NBA Bubble a couple of years ago, and Nikola Jokic is a far superior player now as opposed to then.
That said, with the cast of characters the Lakers have assembled, including Schroder, it isn’t particularly difficult to see a scenario where this group comes out on top.
Will Schroder and the Lakers ultimately be able to win an NBA championship in 2023? Time will tell.