The NBA assessed Draymond Green with a flagrant foul 1 for his altercation with LeBron James in the fourth quarter of Game 4. It is his fourth flagrant foul of the playoffs, which triggers an automatic suspension.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after the league issued him a flagrant foul one for making “unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in Game 4 on Thursday.
Green had accumulated three flagrant foul points during the playoffs prior to Game 4, and a fourth flagrant point triggered an automatic suspension, per league rules.
The incident occurred late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 108-97 victory on Friday night. In short: James and Green got tangled up near half court, Green fell to the floor, James tried to step-over Green as he was down, and Green responded by swinging in James’ direction. A double foul was called at the time. After the game, James said that he didn’t expect the league to issue Green a suspension.
The league interviewed both players before making a decision. James told league officials that he was hit in the groin area on the first swipe, and the league also focused on the second swipe, a person familiar with NBA’s thinking told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
“While Draymond Green’s actions in Game 4 do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game 5,” NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.
For his role in the incident, James has been assessed a technical foul.