When the NBA refused to suspend Draymond Green for repeatedly stuffing his lower extremities into Steven Adams' nutsack, tinfoil-adorned conspiracy theorists suggested the league chose against sitting the All-Star down so as to improve the Golden State Warriors' chances of tying their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But Green's play had the opposite effect.
For the second game in a row, Green (probably intentionally) used his legs to try to hurt a Thunder big man, tripping Enes Kanter.
And for the second game in a row, Green played like days-old dog crap roasted by the fire breath of Drogon Targaryen.
After going 1-of-9 for six points and four turnovers in Game 3, Draymond shot 1-of-7 in Game 4, scoring six points again and turning the ball over six times. In the two games, he had a combined plus-minus of -71.
Since the kick in Game 3, Draymond Green: 1-12 FG, 8 TO, 4 AST, -61. MINUS-SIXTY-ONE.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) May 25, 2016
"Right now, I'm not myself, Green said after going down 3-1 in the series. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing.
"I just … I just have to be me."
If he keeps playing like he has in the last two games, the Thunder had better hope Green doesn't do something to get himself suspended between now and Game 5.