As if the NBA Finals wasn't intense enough with the richest prize in basketball on the line, LeBron James and Draymond Green have taken the ongoing Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors rivalry to new heights.
The Warriors forward, who entered the finals one flagrant foul or two technicals short of a mandated suspension, will now serve a one-game suspension for the altercation with James in game four of the Finals where he appeared to lash out at his opponent's groin after the Cavaliers star stepped over a fallen Green.
The incident has sparked a war of words from both parties and it seems as though everybody has an opinion. After allegedly calling James a b****, Did Green go too far? Did James disrespect Green by stepping over him? Was the Cavs forward trying to intentionally rattle Green in order to get him suspended?
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Whatever the case, Warriors guard Klay Thompson believes James might have been a bit over-sensitive in this situation.
"Guys talk trash in this league all the time. I'm just kind of shocked some guys take it so personal," Thompson said. "I don't know how [James] feels. But obviously people have feelings, and people's feelings get hurt even if they're called a bad word. I guess his feelings just got hurt. I mean, we've all been called plenty of bad words on the basketball court before. Some guys just react to it differently."
King James appeared shocked by what Thompson had to say and insinuated the Dubs star was trying to incite him. The four-time MVP refused to take the bait.
"My goodness. I'm not going to comment on what Klay said, because I know where it can go from this sit-in," James said. "It's so hard to take the high road. I've been doing it for 13 years. It's so hard to continue to do it, and I'm going to do it again."
Thompson's Splash Brother, Stephen Curry, naturally lent his support to Green and was curious as to why LeBron would step over his teammate in the first place.
"I don't know what LeBron's intention was, you have to ask him," Steph Curry said. "Obviously, Draymond thought it was disrespectful and wanted to get up and say something, so that was his reaction to it. I would have probably done the same thing."
Well, the media did ask LeBron. The small forward insists he was merely trying to get back into the action as quickly as possible and there was no broader plan in mind.
"I was just trying to get back into the play, I think what had happened [with Green] was intentional," James said. "I knew we got into a grapple at the top of the key, but me just trying to get back into the play."
With tensions never higher, game five takes place at the Oracle Arena tonight and Golden State have their first chance to win the series and thus title thanks to their commanding 3-1 lead.