Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA for kicking Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the groin, it was announced Monday afternoon.
The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened.
But Green will be on the floor when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 on Tuesday at Oklahoma City. Green was called for a fragrant foul 1 after he was fouled by Adams with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter and kicked his leg up into Adams’ groin. Though the Thunder felt it was intentional, Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said they believed the flagrant would actually be rescinded by the league.
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A video posted by Bleacher Report on Twitter shows Green kicking out at Houston Rockets opponent earlier in the playoffs.
Green now has three flagrant foul points during the postseason. One more will force him to miss Golden State’s next game. Green was an All-Star and the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, but had a dismal game as Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead with its 133-105 victory. Green was 1 for 9 from the field with six points and the Warriors were outscored by 43 points when he was on the court.