Warriors confident in ability to bounce back from Game 4 loss
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 7:39
When asked by reporters about his third quarter ejection in Game 4 of the NBA Finals that actually wasn't because of a mishap between the referees and the scorer's table, Green took aim.
As for Draymond and the Warriors, this just underscores their desire to close out the series and their second title in three years on Friday night in Game 4. Also in the third, LeBron James and Kevin Durant exchanged words during a stoppage in play (officials were reviewing a foul on Kevin Love that was upgraded to a flagrant-one when video showed Love whacked Durant in the head). But Green didn't leave the cou. Draymond Green needs to play in this Game 5.
His full comment was, "I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland. It's insane to think that he thought that was my second technical foul and I would get a technical foul for that, but whatever".
Kerr said after the game that he initially thought the technical was on Green. "They come to the game thinking about me". "So it would be a great feeling" - and surely an even sweeter one given the history with this particular set of fans in Cleveland.
Cleveland counterpart Tyronn Lue called it as intense as his team has played in the Finals, with respect to the physicality and the altercations in the third quarter. "In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on coach Kerr". "The table informed us that it was his second technical foul and (he was) ejected". Green was initially announced as being ejected, as that would have marked his second technical foul after he appeared to have been charged with one in the first half for arguing with officials after being called for a personal foul. The problem then worsened when the officials didn't catch the public address announcer saying it was called on Green. "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. But I thought I heard the announcer say, the PA announcer say that it was on Draymond.
"It didn't get blown out until the police grabbed me and the dude got hyped!"
Green scored eight points with eight rebounds and seven assists as Golden State rallied for a 118-113 win in Game 3 Wednesday at Cleveland to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
A year ago for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Golden State general manager Bob Myers sat alongside suspended forward Draymond Green next-door to Oracle Arena in a suite at the Oakland Athletics game.