OAKLAND -– Draymond Green hopped off the floor hoping to hear a whistle but really wanting a piece of Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.
Yes, Delly once again found himself in the middle of a play that might easily be construed as “dirty.”
This one occurred with 5:55 left in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night at Oracle Arena. As both players hustled toward the rim for a possible rebound, Dellavedova, while tumbling to the floor, subtly used his left arm to hook Green’s right arm, resulting in Green also going down, on top of Dellavedova.
It was a splendid wrestling move sneakily executed on the basketball court. Green wanted a foul on Dellavedova but officials instead ruled a double foul, one being assessed to each player.
This was, for Green, rather unsatisfying. Though he still was irritated after the game, time and a 104-91 victory conspired to drop his temperature drop below the boiling point.
“I was a little angry at what took place,” Green said. “I mean, I'm really not going to get into it. It is what it is. The play happened. I thought something went on on the play. But, hey, it is what it is.
“We've got one more game, hopefully, to try to close this series out, and that's my focus. I'm not really going to worry about that play that happened in the second quarter, although I was upset when it happened.”
Green wanted somebody to recognize what had happened. None of the three officials did, and Dellavedova has perfected the act of spurious innocence.
So Draymond ranted and railed until center Andrew Bogut came off the bench to calm his furious teammate.
“Yeah, he did, because I was upset,” Green said. “And just wanted to be heard, but he didn't allow me to be heard. So I eventually knew I just had to let it go.”
Green will just have to accept the fact that Delly seemed to get the worst of the fall, as the left side of his face hit the floor, along with being briefly pinned beneath Green.