The play occurred with 7:12 left in the quarter as Russell drove to the rim and hit a floater over Thunder guard Chris Paul. Russell thought he got fouled and immediately jumped off the floor and right into the face of official James Williams. He was immediately assessed his first technical foul and then after arguing for a few more moments, he was given his second technical and was tossed from the game.
The ejection was a punctuation mark in the midst of one of the organization’s most frustrating performances in recent memory. The Warriors were outworked up and down the floor all day by a Thunder team that jumped out to a 70-37 lead at halftime — the worst deficit of the Steve Kerr era.
The Warriors -47 point differential through two games is the worst in NBA history by a team to reach the NBA Finals the previous season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. This is also the Warriors first 0-2 start since 2009-10, Don Nelson’s final season.
Russell especially has struggled to find his rhythm in his first two games as a Warrior. He finished the game with just six points, going 3-for-10 from the floor.