Don't get me wrong, I don't think Draymond Green will be suspended for Game 4. In fact, as someone that is praying for the Warriors to get to the Finals to save me from watching the insufferable LeBron James win another championship, I hope that Draymond Green isn't suspended for Game 4. The title of this blog is simply stating what I believe to be a fact, and that is that Draymond Green DESERVES to be suspended for Game 4. Nothing more, nothing less.
That's not to say that the video above is cut and dry. I am uncertain as to whether Draymond Green intentionally tried to punt Steven Adams nuts up through his mouth and potentially into orbit. What I am certain of is that he meant to kick Steven Adams (either to draw a foul or further beat up an already injured player), and he should be held responsible for the result of doing so. There's just no perspective you can look at that play from that leads you to believe it was solely an unfortunate circumstance of clean basketball. The player who committed the act is known for going above and beyond the rule book to - for lack of a better phrase - stir up shit and get in the head of his opponents. The execution of the act - as shown below - was almost comically unorthodox...
That's not a 3 point shooter kicking his leg out to defend his space. That's a post player losing complete control of the ball - well before he had any chance of attempting a shot - and overreacting out of frustration. There's not way you can convince me otherwise without first going outside, finding the nearest hoop, and reenacting Draymond Green's shooting form from that picture without laughing out loud at the result. It's been a long time coming, but Draymond Green emotions finally got the better of him on the basketball court. He proved that even he - himself - is not immune to his own mental terrorism, and it could mean that he's watching the Warriors most important game of the season from the bench. I don't want that to be the case because I think that would make for a detrimental hit to the entertainment value of the product on the floor, nor do I think that will be the case because I'm not sure the NBA has the balls to suspend someone of his caliber when their postseason has been largely unwatchable. I would just have an extremely hard time taking anyone seriously if they were upset if it were the case, because Draymond Green absolutely deserves disciplinary action. Especially considering a much less conspicuous play landed a much less decorated player on the sidelines just days ago...