NBA Chooses Not To Suspend Draymond Green Despite Kick
The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green will not be suspended. Although there was a lot of speculation as to whether he intentionally kicked OKC’s Steven Adams in the privates during Sunday’s Game 3, Green will have the chance to play in tonight’s game (May 24). Instead, Green’s flagrant 1 foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2 foul, and he will additionally be fined $25,000.
What does this mean? According to NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe, “players–at times–flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul. But Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.” After an investigation of the kick, reviewing it from all angles and with interviews with the players involved and the officials at the game, it was determined that the kick was unintentional, although it was rather excessive looking.
Guess we’ll just have to see what happens tonight during Game 4 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Oklahoma City Thunder is up in the series, 2-1.