Draymond Green Assessed Flagrant-1 for Foul at End of Game 3 vs. Rockets

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2016

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after their 97-96 loss against the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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The NBA retroactively slapped Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green with a flagrant-1 foul Friday after he wrapped up Houston Rockets forward Michael Beasley and threw him to the floor with one second remaining during Thursday's 97-96 Game 3 loss, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears

The foul occurred after Green fumbled the ball out of bounds on the Warriors' final possession with his team attempting to reclaim the lead. The league provided a replay in the NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report for the contest. 

Before the NBA levied the penalty against Green, the report provided the following comment regarding his infraction: "Green (Golden State) wraps Beasley (Houston) and throws him to the ground on the inbounds play. Basketball Operations is reviewing the contact."

However, Green was also deemed to be the victim of an incorrect non-call with 42.4 seconds remaining in the game. According to the NBA's officiating report, James Harden pushed Green in the back and should have been called for a loose-ball foul after affecting the Warriors forward's "ability to retrieve the rebound."

With the drama of Game 3 behind them, the Warriors can focus on bouncing back in Game 4 while eyeing a 3-1 series lead before play shifts back to Oracle Arena.

And not only will Green be motivated to produce at a higher clip after scoring just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in Game 3, but Stephen Curry (ankle) also told reporters Friday he would be "very" surprised if he can't suit up Sunday afternoon, according to ESPN.com's Ethan Strauss.


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