Andre Iguodala refuses to criticise Matthew Dellavedova following apparent low blow

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Although Draymond Green has been the centre of a lot of controversy on the court during this postseason - as he was again during game one of the NBA Finals - he wasn't the only one to come under the microscope.

It was his Golden State Warriors teammate Andre Iguodala that was on the receiving end of some stiff play from the Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova that served as the latest instalment in the ongoing catalogue of groin hits that have plagued the playoffs.

Being the consummate professional he is, the 32-year-old Iggy refused to criticise the Cavs guard and insisted it is all part of the game under these intense, high-stakes situations.

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"I'm not going to judge or say anything negative about him," Iguodala said after the Warriors' 104-89 win. "He's out there competing. There are a lot of emotions going on out there. I respect a lot of guys' hustle in this league. You've got guys who've got to get a little dirty, got to be a little physical, to make a life and to feed their family, so I can only respect that. For me, it's just keeping my composure and continue to try to do things for my team to help us win."

When asked about what area the 2015 Finals MVP had been struck in, Iguodala said: "Where most men wouldn't want to be hit."

These kind of incidents have become a little bit of a grey area in recent weeks. Dahntay Jones was suspended for his cash with Bismack Biyombo under very similar circumstances and Green escaped a ban for his apparent punt to Steven Adams' nether regions only days later.

The NBA's consistency around the issue has come into question, however, senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia addressed the shot on Iguodala in a postgame interview with NBA TV and provided some clarity on the matter.

"It seems like a normal basketball play in the beginning," Borgia said. "Dellavedova reaches in and fouls Iguodala. But then you get the reaction by Iggy and all the players coming over.

"Listen, when you look at it, this was really a legitimate basketball play. He does reach in. He fouls him on the elbow and then his hand sort of glances off the elbow and goes down.

"Iggy's movement's going forward, you have some slight contact to the upper leg, groin area, but at the end of the review, the officials said this was not unnecessary. It wasn't unsportsmanlike. Therefore, they just ruled it a common defensive foul."

The two will duel again on Sunday evening in game two at the Oracle Arena with Golden State holding an early 1-0 advantage over Cleveland.

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