Green now has four technical fouls in these playoffs and is three away from a mandatory one game suspension. But Green was listed as the recipient of the first-quarter technical on the official scoresheet, leading Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to question the officials during the game. The Cavaliers would be perfectly happy to replicate those numbers in Game 5. That cut Golden State's lead to 3-1, but as usual Green's stats were only a small chapter of his story. One victory away, and no matter any National Basketball Association inspection of Friday night's altercations, the Warriors will have Green and an opportunity for a second championship in this Finals Trilogy. "So just come in here, be that person who your team needs you to be, do what you have to do, and let's win this thing".
Green knows there are those out there who wish he wasn't so confrontational all the time, but in his mind, he's got to be him. Afterwards, the Warriors All-Star forward fired back. Everybody thought it was his second T of the game, and he was out. However, after getting called up, the referees seriously just re-imagined reality by changing the original technical to Steve Kerr instead of Draymond, so that Green could stay in the game.
And that came after his original appraisal: "I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly". ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke reported that the official scorer's table was told that the first technical had been on Green.
But Green stood stoically on the floor, then egged on the crowd to raise the decibel level of their jeers toward him. "They boo me and they thought I had a tech that I didn't have, so that wasn't sharp". "My goodness. It's insane to think that he thought it was my second technical foul and I would get a technical foul for that".More news: Democratic Unionists in Northern Ireland become election key
A third official, Marc Davis, slapped Green with the technical in the third quarter.
The Warriors' Kerr said it all starts with better on-ball defense. "We informed the table that it was not his technical foul".
"We just try to have fun here, show support for our local teams", she said. However, it was announced over the PA as a technical on Draymond.
Last year, Green was suspended for Game 5 of the Finals due to accumulating too many flagrant foul points.
The bottom line is that Cleveland has gotten these Finals to 3-1, a familiar situation that must give them a little comfort. They're trying to make him be more of a jump shooter. I empathize with the men and women who are responsible for reffing managing a game, not only because they have to make a 50/50 decision within a second, but because every call is under scrutiny from millions upon millions from both teams.