The NBA loves Lebron a little more than the Warriors
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) have words during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. The Warriors won 108-97. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Draymond Green is back at it again. Another one of his antics went viral, and lead him into more drama with the NBA.
This time, he’s been suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals for his altercation in the fourth quarter of Game 4 with Lebron James.
What initially looked like nothing turned into something after Green set a hard pick on James, followed by an elbow from James that caused Green to fall. Following that, you’ll see Lebron step over Draymond (who was still on the floor) and that’s when the real drama began. Draymond did what he does best by giving Lebron’s middle section a little nudge as Lebron stepped over him.
Not too upset about Draymond getting suspended, but this is obviously another instance where the NBA babied Lebron and also shines light on how the NBA ‘looked out’ for Golden State during the Oklahoma City series by NOT suspending him for doing the same thing.
This was Draymond’s last straw with the NBA, but was the hit that bad? If you look at the video, you’ll notice where both Lebron and Draymond played a pretty equal part in that play. Both of them had to be somewhat restrained by players and officials, and they both threw cheap shots during the beginning of the play.
That’s pretty obvious, but in the end, Lebron was given a technical foul which virtually means nothing and Draymond received a flagrant one foul that also leaves him suspended for Game 5.
Now Cleveland has a better chance to steal a game in Oakland so this can be more of a series. See where this is going? The NBA caters to Lebron James and Golden State, but in this case, Lebron.
As far as Draymond’s last run-in with the same situation, it just wouldn’t have been a good look for a potential close-out game for OKC in Oakland though. It’s pretty interesting how Draymond wasn’t suspended when he kicked Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the same area after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
Remember they were down 2-1, with the next game being in OKC. With that being in the past, we know the outcome of that series, but at that moment, everyone started to think OKC had an even better chance to knock them off. Suspending Draymond could’ve had a bigger effect on the OKC series, even though OKC did win the following game to go up 3-1. It also could’ve affected Game 5, where that would’ve been his first game back.
Suspension? So what.
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With all that being said, nothing will be changed and Draymond is suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals which adds an interesting twist to this series. Golden State still has the opportunity to close it all out and win the NBA Title with a win Monday night.