Warriors' Draymond Green suspended for Game 5 of NBA Finals

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are being careful to not gain any overconfidence from the fact that the Warriors will play Game 5 on Monday without Draymond Green.

The Warriors are now leading the series 3-1 following their 108-97 victory on Friday night.

James was also assessed a technical foul for his role in the altercation, which included a physical taunt.

Green received a flagrant-1 foul by the officials after reviewing the incident and due to exceeding the number of allowed flagrant fouls in this Playoffs, has been issued with a suspension for Game 5 of the Finals.

All of that adds spice to a rivalry that has remained mostly tame despite the back-to-back Finals matchup, but the fact remains that the Warriors are ahead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Oracle Arena already figured to be a hostile environment Monday anyway with the Warriors having a chance to win the National Basketball Association title on their home court. Interestingly, many people, including National Basketball Association legend Reggie Miller (more here), believe that Green would not have been suspended if the series was tied at two games apiece. So we'll obviously miss his impact and the intangibles that he brings to the game.

As a former bad boy Detroit Piston (I can't remember who, I'm thinking it must have been Lambier) once said in the team's ESPN 30 for 30 special: We read headlines about guys saying that they weren't scared and they would fight us if they had to.

"It's disappointing", Klay Thompson said of Green's suspension. "We can't worry about the suspension".

It started with a Klay Thompson's comments during a media conference ahead of Game 5.

"I was just trying to get back into the play", James said.

"Honestly doesn't matter what we think about it, what he did or didn't do", said Curry. I'm able to do so many things because I'm actually there, hands on, with my foundation and things that go on.

There are still no reports if he's going to be fined for his flagrant foul, but his last incident with Steven Adams, when the Thunder went up against the Warriors, cost him $25,000. While Green said it's just "stuff that's said on the court", James took personal offense to it.

We all know Carmelo Anthony is all in for the New York Knicks for the 2016-2017 season and wants to make it work for the team next year under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek, as he's made that very clear. Lue complained that James took only four free throws, but he didn't attack as much, which was surprising considering the magnitude of the game.



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