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Draymond being Draymond: Warriors' Green embraces role of NBA Finals heel

13 June, 2017, 11:50 | Author: Rachael Silva
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On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger over some comments made by Golden State's motor-mouthed forward Draymond Green into energy and their best performance this season.

But here's what happened. The feisty contest reached a head in the third quarter when it appeared as though Green acquired his second technical foul, which would have booted him from the game. Those watching the game and many of those participating in it were already under the assumption that Green had got an earlier tech late in the first quarter when he was called for a common foul on a jump ball in which he elbowed Iman Shumpert.

Green was consistently heckled by the Cleveland fans throughout the game, but typically seemed to enjoy the attention, particularly during the uncertainty over the technical foul as he goaded the home crowd.

This is eerily familiar territory.

Green spent last year's Game 5 in a suite at the Oakland Athletics game, after an accumulation of playoff flagrant fouls that culminated in a punch to LeBron James' groin. Still, the possibility of two more games in which he could earn three more technical fouls remains in play. "I'm pretty sure Draymond won't get suspended for Game 5".

"I don't pay that much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", he said.

"In that moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on Coach Kerr", Goble told pool reporter Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press.

In fact, ABC's Doris Burke confirmed during the broadcast that scorers' table thought the first tech was Draymond's up until the refs corrected them after his second technical. Green, for his part, is ready for Game 5. Even Kerr himself thought the first tech was on Green, but Kerr did say he believed he should've been the recipient. Unlike previous year, the Warriors will head into Game 5, another potential closeout, with their gritty forward available. He said he knew all along the first tech wasn't on him. They made a bunch of tough shots, but we not sharp defensively. We obviously know you can't just go home and expect to win.

The 1949 Washington Capitols, who won Games 4 and 5 but lost the BAA finals in six to the Minneapolis Lakers. "I don't think they're necessarily a more physical team, but they were the aggressors, they came out, hit us first, and they deserved to win because of that physicality and aggressiveness".

As poorly as he shot and played, Steph Curry was not about to let one loss in the NBA Finals derail him or his team. As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into enemy territory and just silencing their crowd. "But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys".


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