NBA fined him $25,000 and upgraded foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in automatic ejection had officials given that ruling when it happened
Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma Citys Steven Adams in the groin.
The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened.
But Green will be on the floor when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Green was called for a flagrant foul 1 after he was fouled by Adams with less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter and kicked his leg up into Adams groin. Though the Thunder felt it was intentional, Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said they believed the flagrant would actually be rescinded by the league.
Green has denied kicking Adams in the groin on purpose, and instead criticized Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook. You know Russell [Westbrook] said I did it on purpose, but hes a part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA, Green said on Monday.
Green also said he had been kicked by Westbrook during the game, he just didnt happen to catch me where I happened to caught Steve Adams at.
Kerr has defended Green, saying physical contact is part of the game. Stuff like that happens all the time, Kerr said, adding Westbrook kicks out his feet on every three and there is contact. I mean, thats just part of the game.