“There’s only so much a man can take!” joked legendary sportscaster Marv Albert on Sunday night after a player was kicked — for the second time — in the groin in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a blow to the basketballs in Game 2 last week while playing the Golden State Warriors. The outspoken center for OKC has been in a battle, both on and off the court, with Draymond Green of the Warriors since the series began, and last week Green earned headlines after this shifty maneuver against Adams:
It was a move that many cried was an unintentional mistake, though it began a war of words of sorts between the two superstars. Adams told reporters on Friday that Green has, “…reached…peak annoyingness.”
The Golden State power forward responded in kind, “I go into the game saying I’ve got to do what I need to do to help this team win… my goal is definitely not to get in Steven Adams’ head. If anything, it’s to get into [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook’s head,” putting the emphasis on the other OKC franchise stars.
Unfortunately for Green, he couldn’t do any of that Sunday night; before the final score revealed the miserable 133-105 brutal loss, he full-on extended his leg to kick Adams again in the groin in the second quarter with a move that seems pretty intentional to many:
Green earned a flagrant foul for the move, and unsurprisingly his coach Steve Kerr supported the assertions that it was all an accident. Green told gathered reporters after the game [hilarious emphasis mine]:
“I followed through on a shot. I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.”
So there you have, folks: Draymond Green has no interest in ruining the prospects of the future Adams family, so we can all stop saying that his wildly aggressive kick was intentional. A suspension may be passed down at some point Monday for Green, just a day after it was announced that Dahntay Jones would suffer the same punishment after striking a Cavs player in similar fashion.
Adams noted that the pain was so great after the blow Sunday night, that he, “shed some tears, actually.” The Thunder now hold a 2-1 lead in the series, and Game 4 is Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET on TNT. May we recommend athletic cup of some sort, Steven Adams.
J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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