Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin, but avoided a suspension.
The incident occurred in the second quarter of the Warriors’ 133-105 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.
Green was driving to the basket, but was fouled by Adams. As Green was coming down, he kicked his leg out and hit Adams in the groin.
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Green was initially hit with a flagrant 1 foul, but the league upgraded it to a flagrant 2. While a flagrant 2 foul could lead to a suspension, Green managed to escape spending any time on the sidelines.
“During a game, players — at times — flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul,” Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, told reporters. “But Green’s actions in this case warranted an additional penalty.”
On Monday, Green continued to maintain his innocence and said that NBA official Scott Foster didn’t believe the kick was intentional.
“I said, ‘Scott, how am I getting a flagrant because my leg went in the air trying to follow through on a shot?’ He said, ‘Draymond, I’m not saying it’s intentional. Honestly, I don’t think it was intentional at all. But you caught him in the groin area, so I have to give you a flagrant,'” Green said. “I didn’t argue it. It said, ‘OK, that’s understandable.'”
Adams on the other hand feels that the blow to his groin was intentional, a notion that was confirmed after he watched replays of the incident.
“Yeah, [it was worse] from what I had in my mind,” Adams said. “Kind of confirmed it almost.”
The Thunder currently hold a 2-1 lead over the reigning NBA champions and will have a chance to extend their lead during Game 4 on Tuesday.