Draymond Green Kicks James Harden In The Face, Questions Officiating After Double OT Loss

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Down by three to the Rockets with a little more than two minutes left in the second overtime session, Draymond Green kicked James Harden in the face during a collision. Harden was called for a foul and Green a flagrant. The play turned out to be the turning point of the game as Green missed one of his freebies and Harden nailed both of his giving Houston a 128-124 lead. The Warriors only points in the final two minutes came on an and-1 play by Green with 20 seconds remaining.

After the game a frustrated Green talked to the media about the flagrant and questionable officiating.

“The thought that would be a flagrant never crossed my mind,” Green said. “…I thought there were other calls that could’ve been called flagrant, too. So I’m under the impression that if you’re hit in the head, incidental contact, that’s a flagrant if I’m not mistaken. In the rule book. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll go read the rule book. Maybe I’m wrong. But if I’m not mistaken, I’m right. They’re the best in the world.”

“They going to do what they want to do,” Green said of the refs. “Ain’t got nothing to do with me. I don’t control what them people do. Whatever they decide is what they decide.”