Steve Kerr backs Draymond Green saying kick on Thunder's Adams was unintentional

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The Golden State Warriors suffered their biggest playoff loss under Steve Kerr going down 133-105 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the Western Conference Finals. 

The Dubs were dominated from start to finish by OKC, who tied a franchise record for playoff points. 

Aside from the blowout, the biggest talking point from the game involved an incident between Draymond Green and Steven Adams. 

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The Warriors forward appeared to kick the New Zealander in the groin after he was fouled on a drive to the basket. 

Green was hit with a flagrant-one for the play and could face further punishment from the league as they will inevitably review it today. 

Speaking to reporters after the game, Green insisted it was an accident and didn't intentionally kick Adams, and he has received the backing of his coach on that assertion too. 

"Stuff like that happens all the time," Kerr said. "There's contact, people's arms, legs flailing. If they think it's on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time.

"[Russell] Westbrook kicks his feet out on every 3, and there is contact. I mean, that's just part of the game. So I don't understand how that can be deemed a flagrant one. I think it should be rescinded."

Green added: "I followed through on a shot. I'm not trying to kick somebody in the men's section. I'm sure he wants to have kids one day. I'm not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don't make sense. Honestly, I didn't know I hit him."

Deja Vu

The OKC camp doesn't share the same view, however, and believe that as it's the second consecutive game that the Dubs star has made this type of play, there was some intent behind it.

Green and Adams have been going at it since the first game and the competitive nature of the two men appears to be in full effect. 

"I mean, it happened before, mate," said Adams. "He's pretty accurate, that guy."

Russell Westbrook concurred in his post-game press conference saying: "Honestly, I think it's intentional. That's two times in the last two games. I don't think you can keep [hitting] somebody in their private areas."

The debate will rumble on and the NBA will have an important decision to make whether to suspend Green or not. 

A game four without the All-Star would be a huge blow to Golden State and put them under added pressure as they seek to overturn a 2-1 series deficit. 

The league suspended the Cleveland Cavaliers' Dahntay Jones for one game for striking Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin in their game three meeting on Saturday night and it will be interesting to see what fate lies in store for Green which could have a huge bearing on the context of the series.

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