No Suspension For Green After Kicking Adams
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
After reviewing game tape and discussing the situation with those involved the NBA has decided not to suspend Warriors forward Draymond Green for his kick to Steven Adams’ groin during Sunday night’s Thunder blowout of Golden State.
League officials have changed the flagrant 1 foul to a flagrant 2 but declined to issue a suspension. Green is also being fined $25,000.
Here is the complete news release from the league office:
NEW YORK, May 23, 2016 – Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s flagrant foul on Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2, and Green has been fined $25,000, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 133-105 win over the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on May 22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green’s foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine,” said VanDeWeghe.
“During a game, players – at times – flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul,” VanDeWeghe continued, “but Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.”
Game 4 is set for Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, tipoff will be 8 o’clock and you can see the game exclusively on TNT.