Green was suspended for Game 5 on Monday night after the league assessed a Flagrant 1 foul for striking James in the groin during a scuffle in the closing minutes of the Warrior’s Game 4 victory Friday night.
James and Green got tangled up on the play, and James stepped over Green as the two got up – a move widely viewed as a show of disrespect in league circles. Green then swiped at James’ groin in retaliation and threw another jab at the four-time MVP that did not connect.
“There’s no way you can say this is an acceptable act,” Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Especially for a player like Green, who entered the finals one flagrant foul or two technicals short of a mandated suspension.