Refs take responsibility for technical foul confusion
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 22:21
Considering Green was far more worked up about the foul than Kerr was, and he was closer to Callahan and John Goble for the majority of the altercation, it's hard to believe that the Warriors' coach earned the foul and not Green. But the specific thrust of her complaints-that the balance of the officiating's fracklenackling tilted in favor of the Cavaliers, and with the goal of extending the series-is a tough case to make.
Last season, Green was suspended for a pivotal Game 5 matchup due to his questionable actions from Game 4. LeBron James and Cleveland, looking down and out only days ago in an 0-3 hole, now have some momentum after winning Game 4 and they will try to stave off elimination once more.
In the middle of the third quarter when it appeared Green had collected his second technical of the game, which means an automatic ejection, Ray Charles' signature song, "Hit the Road Jack", began playing throughout the arena.
"After calling the loose ball foul on Draymond Green, I noticed the reaction by Coach Kerr and then assessed a technical foul", Callahan said.
"He's one of the best in the game at being a trash-talker", Kevin Love, his counterpart for the Cavaliers, said earlier in this series. It's a foul! It's definitely a foul. "Some things just never change, right?"
"You act like I'm just this troubled guy who's been in a bunch of trouble and can't control myself", Green said. "We informed the table that it was not his second technical foul". But Green wasn't ejected. The odd part was the box score chalked up the technical on Green.
"That first quarter they came out and hit us with that fantastic punch". The tip goes back towards Green and Iman Shumpert, and Green-who is all violent, flailing, sharp-angled limbs-whacks the bejeezus out of Shumpert.
Green said he didn't understand the calls. We later learned that the first half technical was called on Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr.
Green, the Warriors' All-Star forward, was charged with a technical foul with 6:18 left in the third quarter for arguing with officials after being called for his third personal foul.
NBA TV's post-game coverage played this off like the only people who weren't confused by the sequence of technicals were Golden State's coaches and players, but this is bogus. "Not going to overreact to one", Curry told reporters. "It's insane to think to think he thought that was my second technical foul and I would get a technical foul for that". It also supposes that Kerr's reaction was, in fact, to the whistle, and not to his player responding so violently to the whistle that a technical foul would seem like a reasonable enough outcome to have been assumed by the announcers, the scorekeeper, and virtually everyone else watching the action.
"No, I feel this is the game we've got to get", he said, "or it's over".
The NBA looks very bad foolish here. He had words with officials, Kerr ran out to protest the call, and a technical foul was announced to the crowd on Green and marked down in the book.
But maybe the fracklenacking balances out?
But if the Warriors are going to avoid a trip back to OH and win this in five, Green is going to have to play very well Monday night. What shouldn't be lost is that none of this had much bearing on the outcome of the game. 49 points in the first quarter is way too much. The home team had a game for the ages as they led from start to finish and even set a number of records on the night.