In an only mildly surprising announcement, the league ruled that the Warriors forward will not be suspended for driving his leg into the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams for the second game in a row.
So as to avoid looking like they're giving preferential treatment to the league's darlings, the NBA upgraded Green's flagrant 1 foul to a flagrant 2 and a fine of $25,000.
NBA release on Draymond Green: pic.twitter.com/RiKUg3RX7c
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 23, 2016
Green signed an $82 million contract last offseason.
The power forward also admitted he flopped on the play. The league apparently agreed, saying Green was flailing his "legs to draw a foul." He won't be fined for flopping, though.
But stars always get preferential treatment, you say. This is nothing new, right?
Uhh, not really. Of the league's last 10 ball-striking incidents, this is only the second not to result in a suspension.
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 23, 2016
Wade and Harden received one-game suspensions for these plays.
Even more messed up: A flagrant 2 foul, which Green's kick was elevated to, leads to an automatic ejection when handed out in the middle of a game. So by hitting him with a flagrant 2 and not suspending him, the league is all but explicitly declaring the Warriors are special.
Then again, the Thunder might not mind the return of Dray.
Green played like dog crap lit aflame in Game 3, during which the Thunder trounced Golden State for a 2-1 series lead. The All-Star shot 1-of-9 from the field for six points, turned the ball over four times, and finished with a game-worst plus-minus of -43, the worst mark in the two nearly decades of the stat's existence.