Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco


Draymond Green stood in a quiet corner of the locker room, the debris of the referee calls and player altercations leading his coach, Steve Kerr, to stress the physicality in these NBA Finals.

Just saying the name of Golden State forward Draymond Green causes many Cleveland fans to seethe with rage. The Cavs routed the Warriors 137-116 to send the series to Game 5.

It had already been well documented that Green was one of the most aggressive recruiters of Durant throughout last season, a tactic that ultimately paid off, and led to the construction of maybe the greatest team in National Basketball Association history. He slapped his hand in disgust and walked to the corner of the court near the Warriors bench.

Now, fast-forward. With 6:18 left in the third quarter and the Cavaliers leading 99-85, Green was apparently assessed another technical foul after complaining about a call. A second technical would have ejected Green from the game.

His technicals - the one called and the one that wasn't - overshadowed his shooting and rebounding.

The box was changed after the third quarter to indicate Kerr had received the first technical.

Earned or cheapies, technical are the sorts of storylines Green is writing now, after he had masterfully scripted a narrative of better behavior brought on by a desire for redemption.

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So what happened? Apparently the first technical was actually on Steve Kerr.

Draymond Green said the officials "messed up pretty bad" after he avoided being ejected from the Golden State Warriors' game four loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. "I thought I deserved it".

"I think it came from Draymond, which is OK", James said. "So I knew I didn't have a technical foul, but still trying to figure out why did I get the second one".

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was left confused when crew chief Mike Callahan approached him.

"I really don't pay that much attention - I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland honestly", Green said. See below. The second technical foul would have led to Green's ejection from the game. "When we've got guys - like Steph [Curry], Klay [Thompson], me, [Kevin Durant] - picking up two, three fouls in a hurry, it's tough to bring the physicality". "It's on you", Green told Myers. "That's when we were informed by the table".

"Thank God I get to play in Game 5", Green said.

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