Warriors’ Draymond Green ‘very aware’ but not concerned about technical foul count
In Game 4 the 2016 NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green picked up a flagrant foul in a late-game scuffle with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James. The foul resulted in Green’s fourth flagrant foul point of those playoffs, which automatically resulted in a suspension.
With Green absent from the floor, the Cavaliers stole Game 5 in Oakland and would eventually complete the greatest comeback in NBA history.
Now, as the Warriors try to pull off a historic comeback of their own, Green is in a familiar position. He picked up a technical foul in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, giving him six for these playoffs. Should Green receive another technical, he will automatically be suspended for a potential Game 7 in Toronto.
But Green–as trite as ever–is not concerned with his technical foul count ahead of the Warriors’ big matchup in Toronto:
Draymond Green is one technical foul away from getting suspended. He said he's "very aware" of that but isn't concerned about picking one up in Game 6 and missing Game 7. "It's not that tough, just play the game."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) June 12, 2019
Playing with emotion and fervor is Green’s calling card, and it is that same quality that has helped him become one of the best all-around players in the NBA. But his passion has also gotten him in trouble.
Green has been especially demonstrative during the Finals, barking at officials and frequently protesting calls. And given that it is simply his–and most players, for that matter–nature to be reactionary in such a heated series, he will be a player to watch in Game 6.
In Green’s defense, the refereeing during the series has been questionable on a number of occasions.
There have been numerous foul calls that have seemed rather soft, and quick whistles have been abundant, especially in Green’s case.