The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland would have already begun renovation for July’s Republican National Convention had Draymond Green played in Game 5, with the season having ended and the Warriors celebrating their second consecutive NBA title.
The notion of Green playing and the Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games was mentioned by Green himself during Wednesday’s media session prior to Game 6 of the Finals.
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According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Cavs and owner Dan Gilbert agreed to host this year’s Convention, and renovation of the arena would begin right after the Cavs finished their season.
Although Green may not be aware of this, he certainly felt that had the NBA not suspended him for striking LeBron James in the groin in Game 4, the narrative would have been different.
“I have strong belief that if I play Game 5, we win Game 5,” Green said to reporters according to CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole.
Green’s impact would more than likely have been felt on the defensive side. In addition to his 28-point performance earlier in the series, Green is often praised for his versatility and ability to guard multiple positions. In his absence, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 41 points to keep the series alive and force a sixth game in Cleveland.
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