Draymond Green, suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, might want to reconsider his desire to attend the potential series-clinching contest.
In a controversial ruling, the NBA banned Green for his slap to the undercarriage of LeBron James in Game 4 (watch here), though many, including Kevin Love, saw James’ step-over move as a show of disrespect.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Golden State Warriors forward has been working the phones in an attempt to convince the NBA to allow him to attend Game 5. Suspended players are not allowed to attend, and Michele Steele of ESPN is now reporting Green would be disciplined by the Association if he does make that choice.
Am told if Draymond Green defied suspension and went to game 5, he would be disciplined further by the league, at commissioner's discretion
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) June 13, 2016
The phrase “at commissioner’s discretion” is obviously vague, but at this point there is no need for Green to press his luck. Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports the NBA will allow Green to participate in the celebrations after Game 5, should the Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena Monday night.
With that in mind, it seems like this is an easy call. Green needs to just adhere to the rules and stay out of sight during the pivotal contest. Interestingly, many people, including NBA legend Reggie Miller (more here), believe that Green would not have been suspended if the series was tied at two games apiece.
While Green has been a key player for Golden State all year long, the team’s bench is well equipped to handle his suspension. Look for more minutes from Andre Iguodala Monday night as the Warriors attempt to close out LeBron James and the Cavaliers in five games for their second straight NBA championship.
The action starts at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.