Draymond Green Suspended For Game 5

Draymond Green’s Game 4 scuffle with LeBron James didn’t look like much at the time, but NBA suits felt that the Warriors forward’s actions crossed the line and upon league review assessed Green with a Flagrant 1 and announced on Sunday that it has suspended Green for Monday’s Game 5, which could be a closeout game for Golden State, leading 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals. 

The NBA also assessed LeBron James with a technical foul for the physical play that the two exchanged during the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ 108-97 win on Friday.

The incident occurred when Green made unnecessary contact with the groin area of King James with 2:48 remaining. According to league rules, any player who accumulates four flagrant fouls over the course of the playoffs, will receive a one game suspension. Green had already accumulated three during playoff games. This one comes as a tough blow to the Warriors as the league took it upon itself to alter a call the ref made in the game. 

With Green out in Game 5, Cleveland’s Vegas odds just improved. Eliminating LeBron’s nemisis should make things a bit easier for “The Brand Name” to keep Cleveland’s hoop dreams alive. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.