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I am with Curry. If there was a flagrant foul it was when LeBron threw Green to the ground. In my world, if LeBorn didn’t do anything wrong by walking over Green then the rest of it was inadvertent contact. Play on.
The league wants to see this series go 7 games, plain and simple.
Correct, this is on Green. Well played by James who was in “last resort” mode at that point of the loss. He went after Curry as well, pretty much one shade away from losing his head entirely, and Green played his part to the tee.
Agree with Dennis as well, the league has everything to gain with this suspension. I had a bad feeling as soon as I saw the replay, and here we are….. Really tough timing.
Point taken that Green was on thin ice. But I think the NBA gets into serious hot water by making finger-wagging decisions. “That oughta teach him a lesson!” Keep it case by case. Take the situation into account. What’s more, where the hell is this groin punch? Since when did the ass become the groin? How I view the situation, Green got up with a clear “Get off me!” posture and sort’ve flailed his arms at James. The first wobbly chicken arm merely grazed James’s ass–with the back of his hand, no less–and the second was all air, more gesture than anything else. He seemed to be trying the best he could to respond without responding the way anyone, let alone a manly pro athlete in the heat of battle, normally would. The suspension robs Green of the time of his life. The moment he’s been playing so hard and with so much heart for all season. I think the league really blew it, and I feel terrible for Green.
Lebron’s move was bush league and nothing more or less. And the NBA showed serious cowardice in their decision. I say this especially because this was done right in front of an official, from start to finish who never blew the whistle until they battled over a rebound. So the throw to the flor, the step over and reaction was not even viewed to be deserving of a whistle and this is what the NBA comes back with? Weak, very weak.
Everyone here is right, but sadly none of that changes the fact that Draymond created this situation with his immaturity.
Drayman’s immaturity created the card that LeBron and the league were able to exploit and play. And as reprehensible and weak as I think LeBron James is in many many ways, this worked because he’s smarter than Draymond Green.
As with the incidents in OKC, I still believe Green is a leader on this team and that he is very self aware and will grow and learn from this and be a better leader.
But we all have to hope that this championship run doesn’t end in defeat while he learns.
The NBA OTOH is a morally bankrupt organization. I know LeBron calls all the shots in Cleveland, I didn’t know he ran the NBA offices. There should be overwhelming circumstances for a play that generated no calls on the court to generate ridiculous penalties 48 hours later.
This didn’t have to happen, it benefits the NBA with ratings so it did happen. Waiting so late on Sunday, after practice to enact the suspension was intentionally hurtful and not remotely subtle in revealing motive (in case anyone doubted). They wanted the W’s to lose and they got their way. If I didn’t love the W’s so much I’d never watch another NBA game again.
Anyone remember when Jordan was the ratings King and the NBA cleared out half the Knicks roster for taking two steps off the bench? The little monster Stern is gone, but nothing else has changed.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.