Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Warriors' Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts to a foul call during the first half of Game 4 of the basketball team’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland Friday Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco
Isaac Mcdaniel | 13 June, 2017, 11:47

Green wanted to put himself under the spotlight, draw as much attention as possible, prime the mood for Game 5 at Oracle Arena on Monday, offer himself up as Cleveland Public Enemy Nos.

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. The moment changed that series.

However, don't compare last year's Game 4 to this one, the Warriors aren't into your 3-1 talk. The odd part was the box score chalked up the technical on Green. Both nights, they found cause to chant, "Draymond sucks" - earlier in Game 4 than in Game 3.

But Green remained on the court after the referees ruled that the first technical was on Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, not Green. The Warriors were called for twice as many fouls as the Cavaliers in the first quarter. "I hope 20 years down the line when the next great team comes up to hopefully give them praise, too". "I thought I deserved it". "I'll tell you, ain't no tech going to stop me from being me".

But Green kept pushing the rhetoric on Friday, because that's just what he does - he has been trash-talking the Cavaliers (who are trash-talking right back) the whole series, and he had that weird episode with the officials on Friday when it was assumed he'd been ejected for two technical fouls but the refs went back and clarified that the first technical was actually called on Steve Kerr.

"I just try to play basketball", Green said.

But it didn't stop him from having some fun with the fans. "That's why it was marked that way in the scorer's table".

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Green appeared to be ejected when he was called for what the Cavs and Warriors thought was his second technical midway through the third quarter. "But I thought I heard the PA announcer say it was on Draymond. I take full responsibility for that".

"One quarter, each possession being huge for us, because that can make or break a team".

The wildly combative and fiery game resulted in 51 personal fouls, seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul and a number of dust-ups. "Thank God I get to play".

It didn't involve a punch to where the sun doesn't shine, but Draymond Green was at the center of the first controversy of the NBA Finals.

Their 53% three-point shooting also was significantly better than in any other Finals game.

But that's not the element from a year ago that people will bring up this weekend.

"At the end of the day, the series is a little different", Green said. We obviously know you can't just go home and expect to win.

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