The unanimous decision to suspend Draymond Green for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals has sparked some controversy over the last 24 hours. Cleveland Cavalier fans think justice has been finally served since Green is known for these flagrant mishaps, while Golden State Warrior fans believe this suspension is too strategically timed to give the Cavs an advantage.
To Green's demise, this ruling removes him from more than just the basketball court. According to NBA rules, a suspended player cannot attend a game they were meant to play in, and breaking these rules could result in a fine. Since this situation has escalated to such a high degree, Green's fine could very well be substantial.
For a player with the most wins in an NBA season ever, it is unfortunate that he will not be able to play, let alone watch Game 5 alongside with his team. He is currently making a huge effort to appeal the decision and at least be in attendance as his team goes for a second consecutive title.
Losing a starting powerhouse like Green has surely affected the Warriors going into their potential last game of the season. Despite the suspension's impact, confident players like Stephen Curry try not to let the drama lessen how well they perform.
“It hasn’t been that much of a distraction for us with Draymond’s situation,” commented Curry. “It’s unfortunate that two situations have made people judge his character and intent. It sucks that he’s not going to be out on the floor with us.”
It certainly does suck for Green, but maybe this punishment will help remind him not to flail his arms and legs around so carelessly against other professional athletes.
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