The NBA might have changed the fate of the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs and people are still stunned.
Shockwaves ran through the NBA world when it was announced that the league suspended Draymond Green for one game after he stomped on Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings.
The Warriors are obviously upset about losing Green, especially since they are down 2-0 in the series.
According to Shams Charania, it was assumed that Green wouldn’t be suspended.
But then the top brass in the NBA decided something had to be done.
“The league actually from what I was told was leaning most of the day toward not suspending him… [The Warriors] were stunned last night when around midnight eastern time it came out that Draymond Green was going to be suspended for one game.” Charania stated on FanDuel TV.
“The league actually from what I was told was leaning most of the day toward not suspending him… [The Warriors] were stunned last night when around midnight eastern time it came out that Draymond Green was going to be suspended for one game” – @ShamsCharania #RunItBack pic.twitter.com/AZRqwGX0Ts
— FanDuel TV (@FanDuelTV) April 19, 2023
This is quite a remarkable decision by the Association.
While the idea of him being suspended isn’t too shocking, the fact that the NBA has taken Green’s past antics into consideration is very interesting.
It shows that he has crossed a line so many times that the league wanted to make a statement about the sort of player he is.
And what a statement it is.
The Warriors were already in a very horrible position before Green’s suspension.
It’s rare that a team comes back from a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs.
Without Green’s rebounding and defensive skills, Golden State will have their backs against the wall even more.
The upcoming game is considered do-or-die for the Warriors – thankfully, it’ll be at home in San Francisco.
Sabonis should prepare to hear some very loud boos when he takes to the court.
He is now in the middle of a controversial suspension that could cost Golden State their place in the playoffs.NEXT: NBA Executive Breaks Down Why Draymond Green Was Suspended