Confusion over technical fouls in Game 4 mystifies everyone but Draymond

Draymond Green has become notorious for losing his cool in the NBA Finals, and it looked like he had officially gotten kicked out of Game 4 of this year's series on a late technical foul.

"I'm a firm believer in (stuff) happens", Green said. In one bit of officiating insight from the interview, Callahan explained the simple double-check officials use to make sure the technical gets assigned to the right person - they listen to the PA announcer's call.

As Jack Maloney over at CBS sports points out, this isn't exactly the most creative trash talk from someone of Green's caliber.

Myers chose to stay with Green as he sat out that game last June. Almost everyone believed Green had been ejected because of an error on the official box score, which gave him a first-quarter technical that was actually issued to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

The box was changed after the third quarter to indicate Kerr had received the first technical.

Rather than completing a flawless 16-0 postseason and winning a second NBA title in three years, the Warriors instead saw the Cleveland Cavaliers shoot the lights out in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, winning 137-116 to send the series back to Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night.

CLEVELAND - Draymond Green gets to play in this Game 5.

"Mike Callahan told me that the first one they called was on Steve Kerr", Lue said.

And after the game, he took a swipe at everyone in Believeland.

Love: Yeah, I mean, it's the Warriors, they're a team that executes. No explanation was given about the play by the officials to the pool reporter after the game. I think I'm a pretty smart guy and I learned my lesson.

The officials acknowledged after the game they did not handle the situation very well. Get ready for all of the "Warriors blew a 3-1 lead" memes to emerge.

For all the credit people have bestowed upon Draymond Green this postseason, he remained a powder keg, waiting to blow up. We felt particularly the same thing in Game 3 here at home.

"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over". It's a little different. At game's end, the fulfilled Quicken Arena crowd chanted, "Cavs-In-Seven" repeatedly, but for the first time it was done with gusto rather than blind loyalty. We have to come out with some fire and try it get done.

  • Julie Sanders