Officials reviews the play and gave Green a flagrant foul 1 for the play. Green — who did not apologize to Adams during or after the game but said he plans to — is hopeful the call will get rescinded.
“I followed through on a shot,” Green insisted. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.
“Honestly, I didn’t know I hit him. I walked to the 3-point line and clapped everybody’s hand, and I turned around and he was on the floor. I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I’m standing at the 3-point line, I look at [teammate Andrew] Bogut, and he looked at the replay, and he was like [cringes]. So then I looked at the replay, like, ‘Uh oh.’
“But like I said, I thought it would get rescinded because I’m not trying to kick him. I was following through on the shot, and my leg went up. So no, I don’t think I’ll get suspended. I don’t know how anyone could possibly say I did that on purpose, regardless of the way it looked.”
Green has his coach’s support.
“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Steve Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. [Russell] Westbrook kicks his feet out on every 3, and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”
The Thunder, of course, have a different perspective, and the fact that Green kneed Adams in the groin on a drive to the basket in Game 2 makes them less sympathetic.
“I mean, it happened before, mate,” Adams said Sunday. “He’s pretty accurate, that guy.”
Added Thunder guard Bryant Westbrook: “Honestly, I think it’s intentional. That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep [hitting] somebody in their private areas.”
— Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is keeping his options open regarding the race for president.
“If [Trump] asked me, I’d be like, ‘OK, Donald. That’s great. Let’s talk about it. But we’re both going to have to dig in and really look and understand the issues so we can come up with solutions,’ ” Cuban said.
Cuban also said he’d consider running with Democrat Hillary Clinton, as long as she would “go more to the center.”
Cuban said Trump has a “real chance to win” despite many people dismissing the controversial billionaire businessman. However, he’s not sure Trump will be able to make himself more appealing by better filtering what comes out of his mouth.
Said Cuban: “It’s possible for anybody to change, but I just don’t see evidence that he wants to change.”
Laraque was there to participate in a charity softball game when a 24-year-old man allegedly attempted to abduct a 7-year-old girl.
A group of 20-30 people, including the girl’s parents, detained the man and held him until police arrived.
“It was surreal,” Laraque said (via CBC News). “The park was full of people everywhere. Everybody saw it. There were so many witnesses when it happened. … I just wanted to make sure that if he got up that I was going to tackle him right away.”
Laraque, who played 12 NHL seasons, said the situation hit home, as he is a parent as well.
“I have twins and this could happen to anyone,” Laraque said. “We’ve heard stories of a child being abducted and to see [something] like that — it’s pretty scary.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 23, 1976, the Celtics beat the Suns, 98-87, in Game 1 of the NBA finals. Which Celtic led the way with 25 points and 21 rebounds?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Wish he would have retired last year. He’s kind of on a different level right now. It looks like he’s playing softball.” — Indians manager Terry Francona, joking about David Ortiz after the Red Sox DH went 4-for-4 in Boston’s 5-2 victory Sunday
STAT OF THE DAY: 41 — Points by which the Thunder led the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals before settling for a 133-105 victory, four days after losing Game 2 by 27 points
Giardi and Bradford continue the Celtics discussion and give their thoughts on some of Jeff Goodman's comments.
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Sun, 05/22/2016 - 11:49am — Anonymous
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
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Sun, 05/22/2016 - 11:18am — Anonymous
Giardi and Bradford get into the Celtics and their thoughts on what the 3rd overall pick can bring them. They discuss possible trades, free agency and what Ainge can do to make this team a legit contender.
[0:05:45] ... it's probably not what people in an ideal world the ideal world KevinCorreia happened. Right and it never won all won the one year thing it's. That's a whole another conversation isn't it ride with ... [0:09:53] ... be left. Looking yet picking up the twelve million dollar option on AmirJohnson. Signing another. Professional. Solid player. Big gaffe in goal Wednesday and then making the victory. And that's what you're gonna pay and ...
Sun, 05/22/2016 - 10:20am — Anonymous
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
Sun, 05/22/2016 - 9:53am — Anonymous
Mike and Rob open up the Sunday morning extravaganza discussing the great start for Joe Kelly last night in which he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Can Kelly keep it up? This leads to a discussion of the rotation as a whole, if E-Rod will be back and how the Sox can improve the rotation going forward.
[0:07:46] ... we're did direct the man who saved Larry bird's career who say DavidOrtiz his career. The Red Sox physical therapist an item that is night. Not hyperbole at all not at all this guy is ... [0:14:28] ... get somebody in the somebody can be gotten for the right. OK RichHill. And and it I'm not for a rich Coca Joseph acoustic real love Brazil right up front and he's known zone yet another on this does these villains great story RichHill is probably right now as we sit here. The most logical guy that people go after the trade shore. So RichHill after years right now do you say. I trade aid. I hate to play in this game but trying to identify sort ... [0:15:23] ... top ten prospect but not may be a top five prospect. For RichHill to get him and then not only allocate those resources to get on with say you're in our rotation in your out ... [0:15:59] ... enough. Or do you have to say because that's no guarantee. The RichHill for the last two months of the season or even in the playoffs. Is going to be the answer you don't know ...
Sat, 05/21/2016 - 3:19pm — Anonymous
Butch Stearns and John Tomase get into Celtics trade possibilities, including a deal with Philly for last year's No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor