Things got testy between LeBron James and Draymond Green late in the Warriors’ 108-97 win over the Cavs in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday.
Green appeared to flop in front of James, who then walked over Green as play continued. Green quickly got up and swung his arm in the direction of James’ groin.
The two players continued to jaw at each other and got called for a double foul while going for a rebound.
According to reports by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Chris Broussard, Green called James a “b*tch,” which got James so incensed that the two had to be separated.
According to a source familiar with the spat between LeBron James and Draymond Green, the trigger word was DG calling James a "b*tch"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 11, 2016
James calmed himself down in time for the post-game presser, allowing, “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.”
Reporters asked Green about the incident after the game, but he stayed mum: “Stuff happens. Stuff that’s said on the court, you’ll never get from me.”
The League will look at the play to see if Green should be assessed a flagrant foul. While he’s been taking shots at player’s groins throughout the Playoffs, Green is unlikely to receive an extra penalty, as it will result in a suspension.
As Kevin Durant famously said in the West finals, “They’re not going to suspend Draymond Green.”