According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Green will not be suspended for Game 4 after striking Adams below the belt mid-way through Game 3:
The NBA will not suspend Golden State's Draymond Green for Game 4, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 23, 2016
Green will be fined, but it doesn't appear to be a significant amount.
The fine for Draymond Green, I'm told, is for $25,000. He and the Warriors get to play another day. Quite the break they're catching here.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 23, 2016
Green also hit Adams in the groin in Game 2, using his knee on that occasion. The repeat offense led many fans and members of the media to speculate if Draymond should be suspended.
If it was the regular season, maybe the league office would've gone in a different direction, but with such an important game coming up, they didn't want to interfere with the outcome of the series.
Not surprisingly, Adams disagreed about Draymond's intentions, calling the kick “pretty accurate.”
Still, Adams expressed confidence in the Thunder‘s ability to take down the Warriors in Game 4, regardless of the NBA's official ruling. Green will have to step up his play after recording a career-worst plus/minus rating of -43 in Game 3.
Of course, as every series gets deeper, the importance of each game grows. If the Thunder are able to pull out Game 4, they'll hold a steep 3-1 advantage over Golden State. Should the Warriors prevail, we'll have a best-of-3 to decide who will represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
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