Draymond Green insists he didn't mean to kick Kyrie Irving

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The Golden State Warriors clinched game one of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a resounding 104-89 victory to set the pace in the season-defining series.

All eyes were on the Oracle Arena and fans were fascinated to see how would deal the first blow between Stephen Curry and LeBron James on the biggest stage of them all.

As it would happen, Curry didn't have his best night by a long stretch. He could only record 11 points off 4-of-15 from the field and he committed five turnovers. King James put up 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to come within an inch of a triple-double, but, ultimately, the Warriors bench proved to be the decisive factor in game one.

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For all the attention the pair of superstars garnered, Dubs power forward Draymond Green couldn't help but make the headlines once again.

The former second-round draft pick, who is one flagrant foul away from an automatic one-game suspension, finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals as part of a very polished performance.

However, that's not what caught everyone's attention. In the Western Conference Finals, Green was at the centre of controversy when he appeared to kick Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder during game three, although the NBA eventually ruled that to be unintentional.

The 26-year-old was at it again last night when he clashed with the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving and appeared to kick out his leg on his way to the ground.

Green has insisted that there was no malice behind the action and it was simply how his body contorted.

"If I was aware of something, I wouldn't do it," he said. "But basketball is basketball, and bodies react a certain type of way. I don't really mind any scrutiny. It doesn't bother me. I'm going to still live my life and do everything I do the same way and not lose any sleep. So life goes on."

If there is one thing we can say about Green, it's that he is consistent. The way that he flails his legs as he falls or jumps isn't the usual, but Green seems to do it all the time.

Maybe it's a part of his physical nature, or maybe it's a defence mechanism for when he is in close quarters with opponents. Either way, he's garnering more and more attention with his clumsy style ad his opponents don't appear to appreciate it.

Although Green only appeared to graze Irving, the point guard shot his opponent an inquisitive look, nonetheless.

Game two takes place on Sunday night at the Oracle Arena and the Warriors will be looking to extend their lead and really take a hold of the series before the Cavaliers can rally.

Draymond Green
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