It’s not that Draymond Green keeps hitting people — it’s where. For the second straight series Green has hit an opponent in the groin area — a blow that’s been considered a cheap shot since at least the first half-honorable fight between cavemen. The flailing that many NBA players routinely practice now to draw a foul on offense was offered as a reason for Green’s contact with OKC Thunder center Steven Adams‘ private parts. On the replay, that excuse seems dubious but still plausible.
Now with Green out of Game 5 of the NBA Finals for delivering a shot to LeBron James‘s groin area, those two plays are starting to define Green as something other than a great basketball player. It’s not the narrative Green or anybody else on Golden State — or the NBA, for that matter — wants. But it’s there, standing side-by-side with the inspirational story of Green’s rise from second round pick to elite NBA forward — and one of the best all-around players in the league. “It’s unfortunate that two situations have made people judge his character and intent,” says teammate Steph Curry. “It sucks that he’s not going to be out on the floor with us.”