The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will not be suspended for an alleged inadvertent kick to the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Instead, the league has fined Green $25,000 and upgraded the play in question from a flagrant 1 to a flagrant 2.
The incident occurred midway through the second quarter when Green made contact with Adams on a drive to the basket. In an apparent attempt to draw a foul call, Green flailed his arms and legs, with his right foot making contact with Adams’ groin.
Following Golden State’s 133-105 loss, speculation arose regarding Green’s intent on the play in question, particularly after a seemingly inadvertent shot to Adams’ groin in Game 2 as well, at that time coming in the midst of a standard Green drive to the rim.
However, upon further review of Sunday’s contact, the league appears to have rules against Green’s play featuring any contact they deemed irresponsibly reckless.
Green, who maintained his innocence following the loss, is not unique in having a history of flailing in an attempt to draw attention to contact inside, though his previous movements typically did not occur while in close proximity to an opponent’s groin.
I actually have 140 clips of him doing this..sometimes he kicks when no one is there..random forward..backward kicks pic.twitter.com/gNRuQQWaXS
— IN THE LAB (@DevInTheLab) May 23, 2016
“The way everybody is blowing it up makes me think I’m going to get suspended, when I don’t think it should even be considered because I know I wasn’t trying to kick him,” Green told USA Today prior to learning he would not be suspended. “I don’t pay it any attention (the criticism and media noise), honestly. It just is what it is for me. I wouldn’t be worried about anything if I wasn’t facing a suspension. Everything else is pretty irrelevant to me.”