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Report: NBA Finals pair to avoid punishment for game one incidents

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Game one of the 2016 NBA Finals was not without its moments of controversy, and two incidents in particular from the series opener have drawn the wrath of a certain section of the NBA community. 

Matthew Dellavedova's groin hit on Andre Iguodala in the third quarter and Draymond Green's apparent 'kick' of Kyrie Irving as he exaggerated a foul had led to some speculation that the NBA would look to take action against the two stars.

According to reports today, however, the league has opted not to hand out any further punishment to either player.

The decision is a sensible one but, considering the two players involved and their history with supposed 'dirty plays', there were some fears the NBA may look to discipline the duo ahead of Sunday night's game two.

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

Green, of course, made headlines during Golden State's Western Conference semi finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he was alleged to have intentionally kicked out at Steven Adams as he looked for a foul call. 

Had that incident not occurred, it is unlikely his connection with Irving on Thursday would have generated as much attention as it has.

As for Dellavedova, the Australian has developed something of a reputation for treading the line when it comes to NBA discipline.

Although the groin hit on Iguodala looks bad when slowed down and replayed countless times, it does appear he was making a legitimate attempt at the ball before the Warriors star moved it out the way.

Having avoided punishment, both players will be trying to keep in the officials' good books tonight when game two of the Finals gets underway.

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Matthew Dellavedova

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