Draymond Green’s dirty tactics have no place in the NBA, let alone within this Houston Rockets vs. Warriors series. The NBA should drop the hammer. Why?
The Houston Rockets are slowly — albeit surely — climbing their way back into this series and it’s pure grit, determination, hustle and just good common sense that’s getting them back into the fray.
After the first two games of this series, I’m sure there were many that wrote off the Houston Rockets as hopeless, ill-prepared and not potent enough to beat the Golden State Warriors As you can see with their heroics that pushed last night’s Game 3 bout outside of regulation, this team has what it takes to go the distance.
However, when a member of the opposing is single-handily sabotaging the success of one the Houston Rockets‘ franchise’s greatest sons, I take offense to that.
Do you know who I’m talking about now?
Yes, you know I’m mentioning Draymond Green because the amount of vile and reprehensible violations that he has gotten away with in his career, let alone this season is absolutely unacceptable.
Look, I get it, that’s part of Green’s persona. He’s the enforcer, he’s the trash-talker, he’s the earth-shatterer while his teammate, Stephen Curry, keeps an even keel to provide a counter-balance for the Warriors’ plan of attack on opponents.
But, if it’s not Green stepping into the space of Harden’s landing spot or not one but TWO eye-pokes — one for each eye — it’s absolutely denigrating to see him get away with it and the NBA not doing enough to reprimand him for it.
We all want our teams to win but it has to be on level playing ground with the utmost of ethics involved. And simply put, Draymond’s tactics are unethical so the league needs to look into this and drop the hammer.
Somebody was just as fired up as I — with the username of unecessaryhereditary on Reddit — and compiled a list of all of Green’s disgusting infractions with the only caveat that not one single whistle was blown in any of these penalties.
He just added the eye pokes within his compilation — and yes, the flying dropkick to Harden’s face
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earlier this season is in there as well. What is this Mortal Kombat? In Green’s eyes, it likely is.
But you know what I love about this? Despite the Warriors’ attempts to neutralize Harden by any means necessary, he still figures out a way to rise above the thick of things, notwithstanding his admirable performance of 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists coupled with a hell of a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key in the final moments of Game 3.
I’m sure this piece will fall on deaf ears — especially among the Warriors’ brass — but damn it, somebody needs to admonish this and I have no problems in doing so.
The facts are clear, the evidence continues to build up so it’s time for the league to take action on something that’s truly getting out of hand.
We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled but I won’t hold my breath.
The Western Semifinals continues with Houston Rockets and Warriors squaring off tomorrow night at Toyota Center for Game 4. The tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on TNT and broadcast on NewsRadio 740 AM and La Ranchera 850 AM in Spanish.