After the NBA Finals Game 4, the Golden State Warriors are now one win away before having their second consecutive championship title. However, Warriors forward Draymond Green may face a suspension after hitting Cavaliers star forward LeBron James in the groin for Game 5 at Golden State on Monday.
Based on the review of the incident, it seemed like Draymond Green did not like LeBron James stepping on him when he went down. Green released a quick blow between the legs of the Cavaliers star resulting for him to turn his back and confront Green.
“Oh, nothing got me going. You know, Draymond just said something that I don’t agree with. I’m all cool with the competition. I’m all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard, and being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard and that’s where he took it, and that was it. […]”
“Well, I don’t know what should happen. It’s not my call. That’s the league office. They’ll take a look at it. We all saw it in the locker room. You know, like I said, as a competitor, I love going against Draymond, and I’m all about going out there and leaving it out on the floor. But when it gets a little bit more than what it should be, that’s what caused me to have words with him. So as far as the play, I think the league will take a look at it. Obviously, our locker room has seen it, and we’ll see what they say.” James said.
James seemed to move on with Green’s action of hitting him in the groin. However, James did not like the words that Green spat in the middle of their altercation. In an interview with Marc J. Spears of ESPN, Draymond Green explained that his reaction to LeBron James was because the Cavs star was disrespectful by stepping over him.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 11, 2016
Recalling in the Western Conference Finals, Draymond Green was also involved in the same incident where he accidentally kicked Steven Adams in the groin. However, after series of reviews, the NBA officials decided not to suspend Green and gave him fines instead.
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