Los Angeles Clippers guard Dahntay Jones plans to appeal a $10,000 fine handed down by the NBA for bumping Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green following Sunday’s 106-98 victory by Golden State.
Green was being interview by ABC after the game, when Jones walked by and used his right shoulder to bump into Green.
Green, who scored 23 points in the game, addressed the bump by Jones during a post-game interview in the locker room. Jones did not play in the contest.
"It kind of caught me by surprise. I got bumped, I looked, I looked again, just kind of curious if he did it on purpose or not," Green said. "I think he wanted a reaction from me, but he don't play. Me getting suspended and him getting suspended, it's different."
Jones has only played in 18 games this season and says the bump was unintentional.
"I didn't do it on purpose. I don't have a reason to do it on purpose, but it's cool. I apologize if I hurt his feelings. I don't even know him as an individual, so there's no bad blood," Jones said. "Somebody had a good game and wanted a little bit more attention."
The teams next play on March 31 in Los Angeles. Golden State has won two of the three meetings between the teams this season. The Clippers (41-23) are 10 games back of the Warriors (50-12) in the Pacific Division.
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