Warriors’ Green could miss potential Game 7 against Raptors, technically speaking
|Toronto Star 12 Jun 2019 at 20:42|
If the Golden State Warriors forward is hit with a technical foul in Thursday’s game against the Raptors , it will earn him an automatic one-game suspension and cost him a chance to play in Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday, if it is necessary.
Green got his sixth technical foul of the playoffs by vehemently protesting a foul call in Game 5. League rules stipulate a one-game suspension follows a seventh technical.
“I’m very aware,” Green said Wednesday. “It’s not that tough (to avoid a technical). Just play the game.”
Green is no stranger to suspensions at key points in the NBA Finals. In 2016, with the Warriors on their way to taking a 3-1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was T’d up during Game 4 and suspended for Game 5.
With him out of the lineup, the Warriors lost Game 5 and went on to lose the series, the only time in 32 instances in NBA history that a team had blown a 3-1 lead in the Finals.
ORACLE OVER AND OUT: Oracle Arena is a special place in the NBA, loud and raucous and known as one of the toughest environments for visiting teams to play in.
It will host its last game on Thursday night, before the Warriors move into their opulent new arena in San Francisco next fall.
“Even when the Warriors weren’t any good, to come in here as a visitor and feel the energy in this building, you could tell that the fans loved the game,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. “This was a basketball hotbed. And just the atmosphere out there — the energy, the noise — over the last five years with our team’s rise, combined with that organic energy that this place has always had, it’s just been an incredible experience to coach here.”
WOMEN BREAK THROUGH: The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Lindsay Gottlieb, coach of the women’s team at the nearby University of California, as an assistant coach on Wednesday. It follows on the heels of the Atlanta Hawks adding iconic star Swin Cash to their front office earlier in the week.
Both hirings resonated at the NBA Finals.
“I think the women’s game has gotten so much better,” said Kerr, who had two children attend Cal when Gottlieb coached there. “Last year’s WNBA playoffs were so compelling. The Phoenix-Seattle series was incredible basketball.
“I just think the talent that we’re seeing, the level of play, is probably helping women to gain positions in the men’s game. It’s great to see and I’m really happy for Swin and for Lindsay, of course, and hopefully there will be many more.”