Warriors Game 5 will be playing with one less player due to a Green suspension.
After that’s all said and done, Golden State Warriors will have a harder task on their hands or will they? Will LeBron James and the rest of Cleveland Cavaliers be able to take advantage of the incomplete Warriors?
The Incident Recap
The incident happened during Warriors’ last game when Green fell on his back on the court while James stepped over the player. As Green struggled to get up he connected his body against James which he maintains was not in the least intentional. A slight feisty exchange of words ensued after that blew up the incident.
Take note that Draymond Green has already been involved in groin incidents with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams twice. Due to these previous incidents, Green has already racked up a number of Flagrant Fouls.
The Review Results
Draymond Green was finally served with a Game 5 suspension as per NBA.
GSW's Green assessed Flagrant 1 triggering a suspension for Finals G5. CLE's James assessed technical foul. https://t.co/1Hw3zdOFfR/s/rnX9
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) June 12, 2016
“You have to do what you think is right for the play and unfortunately Draymond put himself in this position,” NBA executive vice-president VanDeWeghe said regarding Green’s suspension.
Warriors may find themselves in a harder place to win Game 5 without their skillful center player. CBS Sports notes Green’s record to have averaged 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks. He was also a strong contender for the MVP award.
History also shows that with Green’s absence, Warriors struggled without him. NBA also recognizes Green as “the heartbeat of the Warriors defense and a critical playmaker” for the team.
As Green is suspended, coach Steve Kerr have remained mum on the subject. However, there are players who might fulfill Green’s gap. From Andre Iguodala to Shaun Livingston or James Michael McAdoo, one thing is for sure for the others. This is their time to shine on Warriors Game 5 as Green sits on the sidelines.