Draymond Green is one of the most controversial figures in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. He is talented, but he also plays with an edge and has a propensity for conflict and confrontation. In an age of nearly unlimited camera angles and replays, it seemed almost impossible that the NBA's disciplinary forces wouldn't eventually have something to say about Green's transgressions. Now, after a Game 4 dustup with LeBron James, Draymond Green has been suspended for Game 5 thanks to a retroactive ruling that he committed a flagrant when he appeared to to once again target an opponent's cup area.
From the NBA's statement...
"The cumulative points system is designed to deter flagrant fouls in our game," NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement. "While Draymond Green's actions in Game 4 do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game 5."
Let's look at some of the "highlights."
It's really no wonder that Green finds himself sitting out of Game 5. That will obviously benefit the Cavaliers, and it might allow them to steal a game on Golden State's home court. Even with that advantage, the Cleveland Cavaliers have to be viewed as an extreme long shot to win three straight, which we're all consistently reminded, has never happened before.