Draymond Green, Allen Crabbe Separated by Teammates After Preseason Incident

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2016

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 4:  Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during a preseason game on October 4, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Draymond Green's propensity for flailing his right leg toward opponents was the talk of the 2016 NBA playoffs, and the Golden State Warriors forward apparently hasn't learned his lesson. 

During Friday night's preseason clash with the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena, Green appeared to kick his right leg in the direction of Allen Crabbe on a drive into the paint, as the Blazers' official Twitter account documented:  

Trail Blazers @trailblazers

Thought we talked about this, guys. https://t.co/uN3fKqowW1

Once a foul was whistled on Crabbe, the Blazers guard approached Green and was gently pushed aside by the Dubs forward before the two exchanged words and had to be separated by teammates. 

Whether Green's actions on Friday night were intentional or not, his history of failing to adequately control his extremities is well-documented. 

In Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, Green kicked Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin, which resulted in a $25,000 fine and retroactive flagrant-2 foul, which pushed him to within one flagrant of a suspension. 

That foul proved costly, because Green was ultimately suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals after he swiped at LeBron James' groin area and was suspended for exceeding the league's flagrant foul threshold. 

The Warriors proceeded to lose Game 5 and the series after establishing a commanding 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Now that Golden State has a fresh slate, Green should be intent on shedding his reckless stigma and channeling his fiery passion into a slew of wins that set up the Warriors for playoff success.


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