[Update] The Below the Belt Reason Why Everyone Is Talking About Draymond Green Today

[Update] The Below the Belt Reason Why Everyone Is Talking About Draymond Green Today

Intentional or nah?

Published May 23rd

Update: Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors can breathe a sigh of relief.

Despite clearly kicking Steven Adams below the belt in Game 3, the All-Star forward will not be suspended for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC on Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

He needs to be ultra careful here on out, though.

Draymond and the Warriors should consider themselves lucky because had he not played Tuesday night, Dub Nation's chances to knot the series at 2-2 would be slim to none. Hey, even with him on the court, the Warriors are going to be hard-pressed to tie the series with the way OKC is playing.

But at least, they're going into the game at full-strength, right? Close call. The Warriors definitely dodged a bullet with this ruling.

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Previously: What hurts more — Draymond Green kicking Steven Adams below the belt or the prospect of the Golden State Warriors All-Star forward being suspended for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals?

That's the question that awaits following the most-talked-about play from Game 3 of the series between the defending champion Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green and Adams have been going hard in the paint for this whole series, but did Draymond intentionally kick the Thunder's 7-foot center below the belt during the second quarter Sunday night in OKC?

Here's the controversial play. You be the judge.

Green was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul, keeping him in the game, although Thunder fans let the refs know what they thought about that.

After the Thunder destroyed the Warriors 133-105 to take a 2-1 series lead, Green did what he could to try to avoid a possible Game 4 suspension.

But [Drake voice] Draymoooond, you're better off not saying anything.

Reacting to Green's statements, Adams let the media know that he thought the Warriors' All-Star forward intentionally kicked him in the groin.

The Thunder's All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook stood up for Adams, too, also calling Green's kick intentional.

And Draymond returned fire towards Russ on Monday.

And Russ responded to that claim.

For what it's worth, Green and Adams had a peaceful moment after Game 3 Sunday night.

Hmm...if Green winds up being suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday night, the way the Thunder are calling for, we don't see how the Warriors could defeat OKC.

Hell, the way Kevin Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder are playing right now, they may defeat the Warriors if Draymond is playing. But without him in the lineup, the Warriors aren't beating the full-strength Thunder. Nah, bruh. Unless back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry gets lit enough to shoot the Warriors out of their tough situation...but even then, that'd be a stretch without Green.

If the NBA goes by its rules and doesn't cave into the magnitude of the series, though, then there's a great chance that Green will be suspended.

While we await that decision, do you think it's a wrap for the Warriors?

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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