NBA Suspends Draymond Green For Game 5 Of The NBA Finals

Bad news for warriors fans. Draymond Green has been the subject of much scrutiny after the NBA elected not to suspend him for his previous questionable plays. Those add up however, and with the Cleveland Cavaliers lobbying for Green to receive a flagrant one and be suspended for Game 5, the NBA has reached a decision: Draymond Green will be suspended for Game 5 after the league assessed a flagrant foul to his low-blow hit of LeBron James. The NBA called Green's action a "retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin" of James. The flagrant 1 gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs, which carries an automatic suspension. "The cumulative points system is designed to deter flagrant fouls in our game," NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement. "While Draymond Green's actions in Game 4 do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game 5."

Earlier in the postseason, Green was assessed a flagrant 2 and fined $25,000 for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams between the legs. He received a flagrant 1 for throwing down Houston Rockets forward Michael Beasley in the first round. Several other actions by Green have been reviewed by the league, with no punishment given. Green has missed only one game this season, a 112-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 13. James received a technical foul for physically taunting Green in Friday's altercation, the NBA announced.

The league completed its investigation over the weekend, looking at numerous angles of the play and interviewing James and Green as part of the process. The NBA also announced that Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been fined $25,000 for his public criticism of the officiating after Cleveland's Game 4 loss. Under league rules, Green cannot be in the building as the Warriors attempt to clinch their second NBA title. If a player attends the game in such a case, he would face a fine. Green will be docked a game check for the suspension, which will cost him about $140,000. In reaction to the suspension, the Warriors, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-1, dropped from a 6.5-point favorite to a 6-point favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
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