Draymond Green Gets Flagrant-1 Foul for Kicking Steven Adams in the Groin

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2016

This one hurt.

With 5:57 left in the first half of Sunday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams got kicked in the last spot any man ever wants to get kicked.

Adams was defending Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who flailed his leg while trying to draw a whistle.

Was it intentional? The referees deemed the play a flagrant-1 foul on Green, which allowed him to stay in the game.

OKC fans, however, wanted him gone, per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver:

Adams buried the ensuing free throws before heading to the bench to catch his breath.


Update

After defeating the Warriors 133-105, Thunder players voiced their opinions on Green's kick.

Adams joked a bit, making sure to point out that this was not the first instance, per Sam Amick of USA Today:

Russell Westbrook was more direct, as relayed by SI's Kenny Ducey:

Green was adamant that he didn't do it on purpose, though, via SB Nation's Tim Cato:

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