Draymond Green enjoyed being jeered by Cavs fans

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

Due to what the two officials say was a communication failure between them and the official scorer, the first-half technical on Green was actually on Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

When the wreckage was sorted through Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers won 137-116. In the midst of the bewilderment, the referees explained that the technical in the first half was given to Kerr even though Green appeared to be the one yelling and contesting the loudest. And I said, 'Well, it's right here on the sheet that it was on Draymond.' And our scorers people said the same thing.

Green said he knew all along. It's the day and age we live in."Green was whistled for a foul after delivering an elbow to the face of Cleveland's Iman Shumpert in the first quarter".

The second technical should have resulted in Green's ejection, but he remained on the court.

He had 14 rebounds in Game 4, his best performance of the playoffs.

"I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly. They don't seem to be the sharpest people around".

James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love know they aren't out of this yet - after all, they came back from a daunting deficit a year ago on the way to the city's first major team sports title in 52 years. "Mike Callahan came up to John (Goble) and asked him who was the tech on and he said Kerr". That ruling strains credibility, and makes it possible to imagine a sequence of events where the refs decided retroactively to change the first technical foul in order to avoid ejecting a prominent player for something as mild as a wave of the hand.

The officials acknowledged after the game they did not handle the situation very well. "In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on Coach Kerr".

Callahan also took responsibility for the mix-up because the referees didn't hear the Quicken Loans Arena public address announcer tell the loud crowd that Green was charged with the initial technical. "The table informed us it was his second technical foul, and [that he was] ejected. With a coach or trainer, we just verbalize and at that time we should listen to the PA announcer to who it is on", Callahan said. "I take full responsibly for that". Earlier this week, he referred to Cavs fans as "rude" after an altercation between his mother and some Q spectators after Game 3 of the NBA Finals. That gave him an accumulation of flagrant foul points and forced him to sit out Game 5 as the Warriors lost their chance to clinch the series, and they eventually fell in seven games. "Thank God I get to play in Game 5".

Green, in his fifth NBA season, is in his third consecutive NBA Finals against the Cavaliers and has been a big stoker of the rivalry.

After his team's Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green made clear how he feels about the fans in Cleveland.

  • Julie Sanders