Golden State Warriors have suffered a huge blow in their bid to be crowned NBA champions on Monday night after Draymond Green was banned for game 5 following altercations with Lebron James. Draymond Green tapped two testicles too many. The NBA announced on Sunday.
Green was retroactively assessed a flagrant 1 foul for what the NBA called a “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin.” The flagrant 1 gave Green four “flagrant foul points,” triggering a one-game suspension. Green was fined $25,000 and slapped with a more-severe flagrant 2 foul—“unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent”—for kicking the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He was not suspended for that act of leg-on-groin violence.
The Warriors hold a commanding 3–1 lead over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, with Game 5 set for Monday night in Oakland, California. If the Warriors lose Game 5, Green will be eligible to return for Game 6 in Cleveland on Thursday, at which point all of the Cavaliers players would be advised to wear cups.
This is the second suspension for a punch to the groin during this year’s postseason. The Cavaliers’ Dahntay Jones was benched for one game for clocking Raptors Bismack Biyombo beyond the belt in the Eastern Conference Finals.