The NBA did not suspend Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green after he kicked Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday.
Green received a $25,000 fine for the kick, but he did not get a suspension. He did have his flagrant foul 1 to a flagrant foul 2, which means one more technical foul would result in an automatic suspension.
Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations, said via a statement that Green’s actions were part of flailing his legs to draw a foul.
VanDeWeghe, also said the actions were unnecessary and warranted a fine and upgrade.
The kick left Adams recovering on the ground for a few minutes.
Nonetheless, Green continued playing in 105-133 loss to the Thunder.
The Warriors are chasing their second consecutive NBA title, but they trail the Thunder 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals.
A suspension of Green would have left the Warriors without one of their All-Stars. Green averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game this season.
Game Four of the Western Conference Finals happens May, 24 at 6:00 P.M. PST in Oklahoma City.
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