Draymond Green, perhaps the Golden State Warrior's most important player thus far in the NBA playoffs, will be suspended for Game 5 on Monday night. Green lost his composure after LeBron James stepped over him in the fourth quarter. It wasn't a great look for LeBron James, and he was assessed a technical foul for his role in the incident. However, Green's Flagrant 1 that he was assessed after the fact pushes him over the NBA's limit. Because of this, he will not be eligible to play or even be at Oracle Arena during the game.
This has huge implications. For one, the Warriors are on the verge of an NBA championship. If they can win without him, Green will have to wait until the game is over to enter the arena and then celebrate with teammates. It also, potentially, opens the door a bit for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They played well in Game 3, and then played well in Game 4 before falling apart for the end of the third quarter and into the fourth. The chances of the Cavs forcing things back to Cleveland for a Game 6 are a bit higher.
From the NBA and ESPN's Dave McMenamin:
No Draymond Green for Game 5 pic.twitter.com/CaMZGutu2n— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 12, 2016
The Cavs still have to beat Steph Curry and the Warriors three straight times, but as LeBron James said on Friday night, the team must now take it one game at a time. The door is open, for at least this next one.