The NBA announced it has suspended Draymond Green and assessed LeBron James with a technical foul for an incident that occurred in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 108-97 win in Game 4 on Friday, per Sports Illustrated:
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the incident was under review on Saturday.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reported the Cavaliers were "pushing hard to see to it [Green is] punished appropriately" for the incident, and the league was receiving pressure from both teams.
As the Warriors created separation down the stretch Friday night, tempers flared when James attempted to blow up a screen Green was setting for point guard Stephen Curry. The two then exchanged words after Green fell to the floor and appeared to make contact with James' groin area.
"[James] stepped over me and I felt like that was disrespectful," Green told Marc J. Spears of ESPN. "I don't disrespect you on the court. Don't disrespect me. There's no love lost. It is what it is. It's a battle out there. I'm going to battle with whoever it is."
However, James didn't appear to be concerned with the physicality of the altercation. Rather, he said he wasn't pleased with Green's words, per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst:
Draymond just said something that I don't agree with. I'm all cool with the competition. I'm all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard. Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard, and that's where he took it, and that was it.
Citing a source, ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin (via Windhorst) reported that James grew frustrated when Green called him a "b---h."
Green was one flagrant foul or two technical fouls away from receiving an automatic one-game suspension.
"I don't know what should happen," James said of punishment prior to the league's announcement, per Windhorst. "It's not my call. That's the league office. They'll take a look at it. We all saw it in the locker room. You know, like I said, as a competitor, I love going against Draymond, and I'm all about going out there and leaving it out on the floor."
Based on recent precedent, it is a bit of a surprise that the league slapped Green with a flagrant foul and prevented him from suiting up for a potential closeout game.
Although Green's flagrant-1 foul for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin was upgraded to a flagrant-2 by the league, that play involved more conclusive contact and was considered an offense that could have garnered a suspension on its own.
However, Green's status as a repeat offender in physical altercations may have played a role in the NBA's decision.