NBA Rumors: Ex-ref says league wanted LeBron James, Cavs to win Game 5 vs. Warriors to extend 2016 NBA Finals

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers believes that they are a better team this year when they face the Golden State Warriors at the start of the 2016 NBA Finals.

NBA rumors before Game 5 had fans talking that Draymond Green’s one-game ban was because how LeBron James whined to league officials which led to the NBA upgrading Green’s foul to a Flagrant 1, which led to the automatic suspension.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had the upset win in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors to extend the 2016 NBA Finals. However, the Cavs’ win was not convincing because of the suspension of Warriors star forward.

Another opinion from a former member of the league, controversial ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy, has supported these NBA rumors saying that the league suspended Green because the NBA wants a longer series.

“I think when you look at the overt acts that Green has committed before, they were definitely more severe than this act, and yet he’s [going to] end up with a flagrant foul and suspension because of it,” Donaghy, who was accused to betting on NBA games when he was a referee from 2005 to 2007, said via Sports Illustrated.

Donaghy claimed that because the Warriors had a comfortable 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven series, the NBA decided to help out LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

“In the past, I believe it was disregarded because [the Warriors] were down in the series. Here, they’re up in the series, so I think it’s a situation where, with that, it gives Cleveland a better chance of prolonging the series.”

Post-game of Game 4, LeBron James whined about Green’s actions and his hit on the groin area even though it was LeBron who initiated the skirmish by pushing Green down and walking over Green when he was down.

Fans and even NBA players criticized LeBron James for calling out for help to the league about Green’s suspension. With the Cavaliers winning Game 5, NBA rumors will continue that the league just wants an extended series but that the Warriors will win the title.

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