A punch to the groin will keep the Golden State Warriors from completing the greatest three-year run in NBA history next month.
Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers might have completed their historic comeback anyway. But in the instant before Draymond Green reached up from the ground to connect with LeBron James’ nether regions, the Warriors had all the momentum. They were up 10 points in Game 4, a victory that gave them a 3-1 series lead, and … well, you know.
Green knows all that. “I’m not afraid to say that it’s my fault,” he told Oakland Tribune columnist Marcus Thompson after Cavs won Game 7. “I think it was.” It’s the next part of that quote that matters more now, as the teams prepare for a third consecutive meeting in the Finals: “But this ain’t the last that you’ll see from us.”
Yes, it was Green’s fault. Whether stupidly reckless or recklessly stupid, the Warriors power forward and emotional leader never should have let his temper or uncontainable limbs get the best of him in the moment.
That was compounded by Ayesha Curry and Klay Thompson calling out James for his complaints. And that chain of events led to James averaging 36.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 9.7 assists, 3.0 steals,…