Unraveling the case of Draymond Green and the disappearing technical foul

In an effort to clear up the confusion involving a first-quarter technical foul during Friday night's NBA Finals Game 4 contest between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, head referee Mike Callahan and referee John Goble explained the circumstances surrounding the incident in which Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was seemingly given a retroactive technical, instead of Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Goble seconded Callahan's statements, saying that he should have done a better job of informing the table official that it was Kerr, and not Green, who was slapped with a technical foul. "I take full responsibility for that".

The confusion led to Green being ejected before the call was then overturned.

"I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", Green said. "I thought I deserved it, but I thought I heard the announcer say, the PA announcer say that it was on Draymond".

Kerr said "I thought they called it on Draymond".

"It's insane to think that [Davis] thought that was my second technical foul, and I would get a technical foul for that, but whatever", Green said. "Let me get my money's worth if I'm going to get some techs".

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Green spent last year's Game 5 in a suite at the Oakland Athletics game, after an accumulation of playoff flagrant fouls that culminated in a punch to LeBron James' groin.

A third official, Marc Davis, slapped Green with the technical in the third quarter.

The Green-Kerr technical foul snafu was just part of the drama in the third quarter. And in a game filled with insane moments, this one wound up topping them all. Still, the possibility of two more games in which he could earn three more technical fouls remains in play.

"I hate to complain", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Maybe he will. I don't know. They are at home thinking about me.

Green: "Yeah, I knew". The refs didn't. We didn't as players. If you're coming to the game chanting at me, you're at home thinking about me. That gave him an accumulation of flagrant foul points and forced him to sit out Game 5 as the Warriors lost their chance to clinch the series, and they eventually fell in seven games. "We had a goal and we cut down some of our mistakes we have been making those first three games and were able to play well".

  • Lawrence Cooper