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Will All The Controversy Surrounding Draymond Green Actually Help The Warriors?

Submitted by on May 24, 2016 – 5:12 pmNo Comment

The last thing in the world that the Golden State Warriors need right now is help in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yes, the Warriors lost to the Thunder by 28 points on Sunday night, and yes, the Warriors are trailing in their Western Conference Finals series 2-1 and could face some really serious problems if they fall behind 3-1 after Game 4 on Tuesday night. But the Warriors are, well, the Warriors. They won 73 games during the regular season and set a new NBA record in the process, which means they’re more than capable of running off a string of wins, even against a team that’s as good as the Thunder.

The Warriors may have received some help over the course of the last 48 hours, though, thanks to a controversial play involving their star Draymond Green. If you somehow haven’t been following the controversy, Green accidentally—or “accidentally,” depending on how you see things—kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3 of the Golden State/Oklahoma City series. You can watch the play here:

It was a play that many people thought should have earned Green a suspension. But after almost a day of debate over the kick heard ‘round the NBA, the league decided not to suspend Green and instead stuck him with a $25,000 fine. It’s a fine that we’re guessing he was happy to accept, given the alternative. And it’s a fine that will allow him to play in Game 4, which is something the Warriors desperately needed. It’s also a fine that kept a lot of people from questioning the Warriors’ poor performance during Game 3. Rather than wondering what in the world the Warriors were doing out on the court, all anyone has wanted to talk about was Green. It allowed the Warriors to refocus themselves without having to answer a million and one questions about Game 3—and we’re betting it will help them come out more focused in Game 4.

At the end of the day, Green probably would have preferred not to have to spend the last two days of his life answering questions about a single play from one of the worst games of his NBA career. But by doing so, he inadvertently helped his team and saved them from having to spend two days talking about the game as a whole. And if the Warriors can win Game 4 and get back into the series, the kick might end up being the turning point of Golden State’s postseason.

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