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No ban for groin-kicking Green

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has escaped an NBA suspension after kicking Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin during the Thunder's game three win in the Western Conference finals.

Green's lash-out has been upgraded to a flagrant 2 foul and he will be fined $US25,000 ($NZ37,000), but not suspended, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.

"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.

"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," VanDeWeghe said.

The incident occurred with just under six minutes left in the second quarter of the Thunder's 133-105 win over the defending NBA champion Warriors.

Oklahoma now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with the fourth game scheduled for Wednesday.

Green has denied he deliberately kicked Adams, afterwards telling reporters that he hadn't realised he'd hit the 2.13m centre.

"I followed through on a shot - I'm not trying to kick somebody in the men's section," Green said.

"I'm sure he wants to have kids one day. I'm not trying to end that on the basketball court."

It was the second time Green's knee had found Adams's groin in the best-of-seven play-off series, after a similar incident in game two four days ago, won 118-91 by the Warriors.

Adams afterwards appeared sceptical of Green's claims.

"It happened before, mate," Adams said. "He's pretty accurate."

The NBA earlier decided to ban Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones for one game without pay after he struck Toronto Raptors centre Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the third game of the Eastern Conference's play-off series.

Cavaliers star LeBron James has said he intends to cover the fine for Jones.

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