UPDATE: 6/12, 2:12 PM
Draymond Green has been suspended by the NBA for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after being assessed a Flagrant-1 for what looked like a shot to James’ groin. A technical foul was given to James for his involvement in the altercation.
6/12, 12:04 PM
During Game 4, where the Warriors pushed their series lead to 3-1, LeBron James and Draymond Green got into an altercation late in the fourth. The two got tangled up, and Green fell to the floor with some slight assistance from James; LeBron proceeded to step over Draymond and Green took a swipe at James, hitting him in the land down under.
The league is reportedly reviewing the incident and, according to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, the Golden State Warriors have growing concerns that the NBA will suspend Green for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. During a postgame interview, Green was asked about James’ actions and said that the step over was “disrespectful.”
This isn’t the first time this postseason that Green has done something like this. In the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he hit Steven Adams in the same region not once, but twice. He avoided suspension after the league reviewed the second incident when Green swung his leg up into Adams after the whistle was blown. He was hit with a flagrant-2 and fined after review.
It’s well-known around the NBA that Draymond Green is incredibly emotional and even volatile at some points. This behavior has netted Green three flagrant points in the playoffs, and he will be forced to sit out the next game if the league deems his actions flagrant. A flagrant-1 will result in just the one game, but a flagrant-2 has the potential to put Green on the bench for Game 5 and Game 6 (if necessary).
There’s no problem being an emotional guy if your team feeds off it, but you must be able to keep your emotions in check. I believe that the league will be suspending Draymond Green because it’s now the third time he’s hit an opponent in their “midsection.”