Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder took it to the Golden State Warriors worse than anyone has all season. They used small ball lineups to run circles around the Warriors defense. Durant shot 10 of 15. Westbrook was the best player on the floor. But the lingering story is Draymond Green’s kick to the groin of professional agitator Steven Adams. He should be suspended, but he probably won’t be.
What do you think?
In my opinion, there is a 95% chance that that kick was intentional. Green is a documented trash talker and aggressor, so it fits the bill.
If this was Klay Thompson, he would get the benefit of the doubt. But Green is loud and in-your-face, and already had a similar incident with Steven Adams earlier in the series.
But the case against the suspension? I suppose you can’t 100%, without any doubt, tell that his intention was to give Adams a kick to the crotch. People will point to Dahntay Jones and his one game suspension for a low blow on Bismarck Biyombo, but that is a moot point. That was undoubtedly intentional, and Dainty Jones is a scrub. Green is the second best player on the best regular season team ever. The NBA will not take that fact lightly.
The front office’s impending decision, and their explanation, will be interesting. We will update this post when the decision breaks.
The scoop-tastic Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Draymond Green has not been suspended for game four. He has been fined $2,500.
The NBA will not suspend Golden State’s Draymond Green for Game 4, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 23, 2016
This seemed the most likely scenario. The NBA essentially admitted they thought it was intentional by issuing a fine, but also looked out for their own best interest by not suspending him.
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