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Here's why Draymond Green wasn't ejected from Game 4

13 June 2017

Amid all the individual excellence displayed on the floor and all the memorable, action-packed sequences between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, Game 4 of these National Basketball Association finals will be remembered for one freakish turn of events.

But here's what happened.

But Green kept pushing the rhetoric on Friday, because that's just what he does - he has been trash-talking the Cavaliers (who are trash-talking right back) the whole series, and he had that weird episode with the officials on Friday when it was assumed he'd been ejected for two technical fouls but the refs went back and clarified that the first technical was actually called on Steve Kerr.

Green now has four technical fouls in these playoffs and is three away from a mandatory one game suspension.

If there are things the Warriors can draw to this other than reminding themselves that closing is hard work and that the Finals are typically about testiness, it's that Green didn't get tossed due to some legerdesifflet (whistle magic) that changed a first half technical credited to Green was assigned to head coach Steve Kerr, thus making Green's second-half technical a relative insignificance.

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Green's remarks were part of a roughly nine-minute media session that allowed the all-star power forward to riff on everything that happened during Friday's wild game - the unusual actions of the referees, Cleveland's insanely hot shooting, his own interactions with the crowd.

This is eerily familiar territory. In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on Coach Kerr. "Thank God I get to play".

"I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", Green said. Either way, Green wasn't thrilled with it, saying he got no explanation for why he received the tech in the first place. According to Burke, that technical was assessed to Kerr only after Green picked up his second.

"I love this game, and I love y'all", Green said with a smile.

"It shows me how important I am to them", he said after the game.

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There is one very notable difference this time, however: Green will be on the Oracle Arena court for Game 5, instead of watching.

Green said he knew all along the first one wasn't on him. He remained at a loss to understand why he got the second though. "They told me to keep playing".

There doesn't seem to be anything that rattles them, so it should be no surprise that on the verge of being swept by a Warriors team James called a "juggernaut" and "beast" before the Finals began, Cleveland dug down deep again. "But we'll go back and tee it up again".

The 1949 Washington Capitols, who won Games 4 and 5 but lost the BAA finals in six to the Minneapolis Lakers.

And while most teams would prefer not to live on the edge, the Cavaliers seem to thrive there.

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"You don't want to prolong a series and give a team more and more confidence", Green said. As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into enemy territory and just silencing their crowd.

Here's why Draymond Green wasn't ejected from Game 4