Draymond Green fined, reprimanded but not suspended for groin kick
- Author: Jo Lloyd Jun 05, 2016,
Jun 05, 2016, 3:20
If they were to lose tomorrow, every game from then on would be win or go home.
Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green repeated his assertion that his kick to the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was accidental, while also pushing back against Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook's statement that he thought Green's kick was intentional.
Green was fined for a "Flagrant 2", which the National Basketball Association defines as "unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent".
While Cleveland Cavaliers reserve Dahntay Jones got a one-game suspension for a forearm smash into Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo in the same private area, Green will be available today. "I guess", Kerr said.
One thing is for sure, the National Basketball Association is clearly lacking consistency when it comes to doling out punishment for unecessary contact. Instead, the league upgraded Green's Flagrant 1 foul on Adams to a Flagrant 2 and fined him $25,000. Green ranks towards the top in two very important categories, charges drawn (sixth) and contested shots (second). Ultimately he was given a Flagrant 1 foul. "But Green's actions in this case warranted an additional penalty".
Kerr was not in a joking mood and said the team was understanding of the situation and accepted the league's ruling.
"He understands... he's able to play and he's got to take advantage of the moment and that's all that matters", Curry said. "There's nothing else to talk about with that, so who else has a question about tonight?" "No other chatter matters. It doesn't matter what anybody says outside our locker room".
"I don't even think it's something we should be talking about", Durant said at Thunder shootaround Tuesday.
The NBA decided not to suspend Draymond Green for kicking Steven Adams in Game 3. "He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games in fact, it was one of his worst". Or to translate into human language, we know what Crybaby did was wrong, but we want to make a profit and keep the ratings huge, so we will not suspended him. "He's just going to play, he's going to be himself, and we'll see what happens". "Obviously the issue is he got him in the wrong place, and it was unfortunate, but I don't think there was any intent behind it. So I don't think he'll be suspended".