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Green suspension gives Cleveland advantage
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is held back as he argues with Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23).

Published: Mon 13 Jun 2016, 5:29 PM

Last updated: Tue 14 Jun 2016, 12:38 AM

Draymond Green and LeBron James might make up, get over this moment and become friends again one day.
It's hard to envision that right now, given how these NBA Finals have become far less friendly by the day, more testy by the game, with Golden State's Green in the middle of much of the action.
Until now.
Suddenly, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have their opening and perhaps a prime chance to get back into this best-of-seven series: with Green banned and outside the building altogether. He will have to watch his Warriors try to close out a second straight championship with everybody else who can't get into sold-out Oracle Arena on Monday night. Green was suspended on Sunday for his dustup with James in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 4 win that drew a retroactive Flagrant-1 foul against Golden State's emotional leader. The NBA said Green "made unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin" of James, who was issued a retroactive technical for his role in the scuffle.
"I think we all know what's crossing the line no matter if you're playing basketball or if you're playing video games or we're playing catch or you're double-dutching it," James said. "We know what words cross the line, male or female. And ever since Draymond came into the league, I've been someone that he can always talk to and things of that nature. But he crossed the line last game. He felt like I crossed the line. We said what we had to say. "So we're in a competitive series right now, and I think right now friendship is the last thing we're thinking about."


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