OKLAHOMA CITY — Since Draymond Green is now within a single flagrant foul point of being suspended for one game in the playoffs, there is no more margin for error.
But while Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his emotional forward will have to rein himself in, Green vowed not to change at the Tuesday shootaround prior to Game 4 (9 p.m. ET, TNT).
“I’m never going to be careful,” Green said. “I’ll just be me. I play hard.”
His coach was a bit more circumspect.
“Draymond’s just got to understand the circumstances, which he does and I’m sure he’ll be fine,” Kerr said.
With the NBA having upgraded his Flagrant Foul 1 to a Flagrant Foul 2 and fining him $25,000 for Sunday’s Game 3 incident in which he kicked Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin, Green was obviously tired of having spent 1 1/2 days as the center of attention. He would not directly answer questions on the league’s ruling. But, he also did not go full Marshawn Lynch, but smiled and deflected:
Question: How do you feel about the league’s decision?
Green: “That is a great question.”
Q: Were you surprised that the foul wasn’t rescinded but you weren’t suspended?
Green: “That is a great question as well.”
Q: Are you relieved at all?
Green: “That is a great statement.”
Q: Did you present your case to the NBA office?
Green: “Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are two amazing players that we got to stop tonight. Dion Waiters really got it going in this series, so we’ll be keying on him too.
Green did say he is looking forward to Game 4.
“I am. Exciting game. Down 2-1,” he said. “We’ve been here before. We know what it takes to win a game of this magnitude on the road. Obviously a completely different team. A team that’s playing well. But that doesn’t change what we do. We have to come out and focus on us and when we focus on us as opposed to what anybody else got going on, that’s when we’re at our best. So tonight it’s about us.”