Draymond Green is likely going to be the newest victim of NBA’s replay system. Green’s kick to Thunder center Steven Adams’ “private area” in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals will likely result in a one-game suspension for the Warriors forward and undoubtedly dictates the direction of this series. Personally, I hope the NBA lets Draymond Green play.
In real time it looks like a Flagrant 1 (which Green received), not an intentional kick to the groin that would result in a series altering suspension. It’s easy for people to slow down plays and watch them over and over and over and over again, but you need to see it in real time to dictate intentionality. More importantly, the NBA needs this series to be good. They need the Warriors to overcome their atrocious 133-105 loss at Oklahoma City last night. The NBA playoffs have reached new levels of boring this year and this series needs to change that mantra.
On the same note, it would be hypocritical for me to call for a Draymond Green suspension because I ardently defended (and still do defend) Isaiah Thomas after he hit Dennis Schroder in Game 3 of the first round series between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.
Green’s response after last night’s game:
Steph Curry’s response after the game:
The New Zealander Adams’ response after the game:
I don’t think Green should be suspended because its not easy to analyze “intent” when you continuously watch the clip in super slo-mo. When you do that, your judgment becomes less objective and more subjective. Honestly, I just really want a good NBA series. But at the same time, Green was -43 last night with six points on 1-9 shooting from the field, so maybe the Warriors are better off without him this series? Unlikely, but just a thought.