Warriors' Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco

Green's animated postgame talk was no surprise, given he'd found himself the center of attention in the third quarter, when he appeared to be ejected for his second technical foul of the game. The first technical, which was on record as belonging to Draymond at quarter time, and at half time, now belonged to coach Steve Kerr.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) yells at referee John Goble during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 9, 2017.

Someone asked Green if the loss would be extra motivation for the Warriors in Game 5, then seemed surprised no one had any more questions. The Warriors still lead the series, 3-1, but the Cavs broke several records in that game.

This isn't the first time Green has called out Cavaliers fans.

Golden State would rather forget that monumental collapse a year ago, when Green's absence for Game 5 because of flagrant foul point accumulation helped swing the series.

Friday night's Game 4 was barely underway before the uneven performance of the officials took center stage.

After the game, Green, a Saginaw, Mich. native, explained his feelings toward the people of Cleveland. At that time, we did not do a very good job of listening to the PA announcer and we did not hear him announce it. That's the hardest challenge, when you have that type of emotions, to channel it. "I thought I deserved it".

"I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly", he said. "So if they didn't call it (ejecting Pachulia), then I guess it wasn't anything". Sure, it will be a tall task in Oakland with a motivated Kevin Durant trying to capture his first career title and playing like a possible Finals MVP. "They don't just lay down and die", Durant said. According to business reporter Darren Rovell of ESPN, the Warriors are 8-point favorites to win tomorrow's Game 5 at the Oracle Arena, where Golden State could capture their second championship in three years.

But that was in Cleveland. All the little antics and stuff don't matter.

"But evidently he said no, it was on Steve Kerr, the first one".

As he should - Game 4 got feisty but not in a way that should alter future games.

Let's just say Draymond Green doesn't have an affinity for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. But he's learned how to focus that intensity.

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