Friday night, in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers loss to the Warriors to go down 3-1 in the series, Draymond Green and LeBron James got into a bit of a scuffle. The result of that scuffle, as announced on Sunday, is that Draymond Green will be suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

The blow that led the NBA to suspend Green for the next game, looked like this:

Even if Green didn’t mean to get LeBron in that ultra-sensitive area, he did try to strike him in the body. No one can say for certain what his intent was, but it seemed to be an intentional swing of his arm. Though I do agree that Green should have been suspended for the most recent incident, the NBA is too inconsistent in their decision making.

In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Green kicked Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the same spot. The blow looked to be delivered with much more force than the hit to LeBron:

Keep in mind the Thunder had the Warriors on the ropes at the time. Golden State was down 2-1 in the series after the kick to Adams. Did that factor into the commissioners decision not to suspend Green? If the hit was to Kevin Durant, would Green have been suspended?

There’s a fair argument to be made that if the circumstances around Draymond Green’s kick were different, he would have been suspended for that as well. Understandably, the NBA wants to deliver the best product to their viewers, but they need to be just in their governing, first and foremost.

Green should have also been suspended for the hit to The King’s ‘crown jewels’. There’s a clear angle in the first Vine above, in which Green is looking up at LeBron as he steps over him, and then proceeds to swing his arm upwards into LeBron’s groin.

A large part of me that believes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver didn’t want to suspend Green in the WCF, because it would have been very detrimental to the Warriors’ chances of advancing. The second time around, Silver didn’t have much of a choice.

I like Adam Silver. I think he has the potential to be a very good commissioner for years to come. That being said, he needs to be more uniform in his decision making, to avoid following the footsteps of the ever-inconsistent Roger Goodell.




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