Good thing for the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green managed to avoid a game suspension after his flagrant foul on Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals. The NBA has only imposed a $25,000 penalty and a stern warning that if ever it happens again, consequences will be severe.
According to NBA insider Sam Amick, the NBA ruled the incident as a Flagrant Foul 2 and the 26-year old power forward gets to play in Game Five after paying the fine, which was a relief for the Warriors. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that according to league sources the NBA has upgraded the call on Green, which was initially a flagrant foul 1, and fined him after a thorough investigation.
Green was caught kicking Adams in the groin during their second quarter action in the 133-105 lost to the Thunder. The post game shakes hand between the two player help in Green not getting any suspension in the crucial stage of the series wherein they are trailing 2-1.
Green has denied that he intentionally kicked Adams and confided with game officials, who told him that it was unintentional although he caught Adams in the groin that netted him a Flagrant foul, which the NBA might have taken into consideration with their decision.
“I said, ‘Scott, how am I getting a flagrant because my leg went in the air trying to follow through on a shot?’ He said, ‘Draymond, I’m not saying it’s intentional. Honestly, I don’t think it was intentional at all. But, you caught him in the groin area, so I have to give you a flagrant,’” Green said. “I didn’t argue it. It said, ‘OK, that’s understandable.’” Green explained.
After his explanation, Green went on to bash Russell Westbrook for his “acting” during the game and stated that Westbrook went on to accuse him of doing such a thing with intention. He added that officials should also be looked into the flopping that the Thunder point guard is “obviously doing” during matches.
You know Russell [Westbrook] said I did it on purpose, but he’s a part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA. I didn’t. So, I sold the call. He called me that way. I sold the call,” Green said.
On the other hand, Westbrook told Green to face the music instead of pointing fingers at others. He added that he never flops in a game and that he does not know how to flop for officials to make the call.
“I’ve never been fined for one flop. I don’t know how to flop,” Westbrook stress.
Game Four of the Western Conference Finals is set tomorrow and Green will be cleared to play once he pays the fine and most likely it will be a highly physical game as the Warriors aim to level the series before they head back to the Oracle Arena for Game Five while the Thunder tries to take advantage to gain a comfortable lead to barge their way into the Finals this season.
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