Warriors’ Draymond Green avoids suspension for kick to Steven Adam’s groin

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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Pete D. Camarillo only loves sports and writing. He tried combining those passions with his degree in Journalism at CSUN. He's had work published on Fansided, Endzone Score, Inquisitr, Elite Daily and several print publications. Pete also did community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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