May 25, 2016

    No ban but Green ordered to pay $34.5k fine


    GOLDEN State Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a possible one-game suspension on Monday when he was fined by the National Basketball Association (NBA) for a flagrant foul that was upgraded from category 1 to 2.

    He faced the chance of being banned for Game Four (this morning, Singapore time) of the Western Conference Finals against Oklahoma City after he had kicked Thunder centre Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's Game Three.

    However, the league instead decided to fine Green US$25,000 (S$34,550) after reviewing the play and upgrading his foul.

    "After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine," Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice-president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

    "During a game, players - at times - flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul but Green's actions in this case warranted an additional penalty."