If it were up to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their front office, Game 5 would have been the first of two consecutive Draymond Green was forced to watch elsewhere.
While speaking on an episode The Lowe Post podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the team wanted the league to assess Green with a flagrant-2 foul for striking LeBron James in the groin in Game 4, which would have resulted in a two-game ban.
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Late in the fourth quarter of Game 4, James stepped over Green after he fell to the floor, causing Green to react. In the process, the Warriors big man struck James below the belt, initiating a war of words that resulted in Green’s Game 5 suspension and James’ technical, upon further review by the league.
NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWegh said in a press release that Green’s actions in Game 4 “do not merit a suspension as a stand-alone act,” and that his flagrant points were enough to earn him a suspension for Game 5.
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