Draymond Green felt bad leaving his teammates to battle the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Golden State Warriors forward was suspended by the NBA league after a flagrant foul. He told the media that the Warriors would have been this season’s champions against Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 if he wasn’t suspended by the league.
“I have a strong belief that if I play in Game 5, we win. But I didn’t because I put myself in a situation where I wasn’t able to play,” he said via NBA.com.
Green continued, “I move on from the suspension. That was Game 5; we’re here in Game 6 so it’s behind us. We got an opportunity to do something that, I don’t know if it’s ever been done … where you win a championship on someone else’s floor two years in a row. We have that opportunity. It’s a fun one. It’ll be tough.”
ESPN reported that if he would do another flagrant foul during the playoffs, he could be automatically suspended in Game 7 with two technical fouls away. Given that situation, he said he still won’t alter any of his playing style though he knew he’s in danger.
“I think I’ve got to come out and play my game regardless,” he explained. “There’s those little fine lines you know you can’t cross. It’s not every play that you’re close to that line. It’s a basketball game, so there’s only certain plays where you are.”
“I just have to make sure I’m composed when those situations come about that I control my emotions and channel that energy and use it in a positive way to help my team,” he added.
During the interview on Wednesday, he also mentioned about his concerns with his team. He told he would make himself a better player and promised not to place the Golden State Warriors in a situation where they were compromised.
“I learned a lot, as a basketball player and as a man. One thing I’ve been teaching myself, and trying to learn how to do, is control my emotions. Not being on the floor to battle with guys is being a bad teammate. It’s awful. Terrible teammate.”
“I have to be better and not put myself in this position to where it is a decision, to where there is an investigation. I do my team no justice being in street clothes watching the game at the A’s game,” he noted.
Green revealed how the entire Warriors team, both the players and people behind the bleachers, were with him in his toughest times. He said they texted him constantly and Bob Myers, the Warriors general manager and architect of a championship roster, was with him after the suspension took effect until Game 5 ended, San Francisco Chronicle cited.
“Bob coming in there to sit with me, that’s the kind of stuff goes a long way. He’s been by my side through this entire thing. (Co-owners) Joe Jacob and Peter Guber texting me constantly, kind of sharing that tough moment with me, it means a lot. That’s the kind of thing that makes you say, ‘I want to be a Warrior forever’,” he shared.
Draymond Green is stoked for Game 6 and he hopes to make it without another flagrant foul.
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