- David Zalubowski/AP
Update, 6/13/16: There are reports that Draymond Green may be able to go to the arena without punishment after Game 5. ESPN’s Ethan Strauss and Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy reported that they’ve been told that Green can do so.
Yahoo’s Shams Charania reported that Green is pushing to attend the game.
James and Green got tangled up, and Green took a swipe up at James while on the ground, making contact near James’ groin.
The NBA reviewed the play and gave Green a Flagrant 1 foul, his fourth of the postseason, which triggers an automatic suspension.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, along with missing the game, Green is not allowed to be at the arena. The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-1 with a chance to win the championship on their home floor in Oakland, California, on Monday night. That means that if the Warriors win, even without Green, then he can’t be there for the championship celebration.
Now Green could attend the game anyway, but it comes with a harsh punishment, according to Windhorst: He’ll be docked a game check. For Green, that’s a $140,000 fine.
So Green now faces a difficult task: Does he show up to the arena anyway, accept the fine, and hope that the Warriors wrap up the series so he can be there for the celebration? Or does he watch from home, knowing that he may miss out on celebrating a season’s worth of work?
If he decides to show up, then he runs the risk of losing $140,000 and watching the Warriors lose the game anyway, sending the series back to Cleveland for Game 6.
Of course, there’s no reason for the Warriors to play around with the Cavs. While they’ve largely looked like the better team, the Warriors surely don’t want to go back to Cleveland for Game 6, facing a 3-2 series, knowing that they were smacked down by 30 points in that very arena in Game 3. The Warriors surely know this, but winning without Green, a vital cog in their offense and defense, will be difficult.
For as brutal as the suspension is, this twist makes it particularly cruel for Green.