Suspended forward Draymond Green attended Warriors shootaround Monday morning but did not address the media and will not be allowed in Oracle Arena during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Green also did not address the team prior to or during shootaround, leaving that role to coach Steve Kerr.
“It’s tough, he’s in a different position now,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “Usually, he’s able to be vocal and then go out and set the example. Now, with him not playing, he’s speaking from a different position.
“Steve has been great, feeding us what we need. I don’t think we should need any extra motivation tonight.”
Green is planning to attend the A’s-Rangers baseball game at the adjacent Oakland Coliseum and watch Game 5 from a suite, CSNCalifornia.com has learned from an MLB source.
Though Green cannot be in the arena immediately before or during the game, he will be allowed to participate in a postgame celebration in the event of a Warriors victory that would give them their second consecutive NBA championship.
Green was suspended Sunday by the NBA for his actions in the Warriors 108-97 win in Game 4 at Cleveland last Friday. He’ll lose a game check, roughly $130,000, and would face a fine of $2,000 if he were to violate the rule by attending the game.
"We've went through a lot of tests this year," Livingston said. "It's kind of the ultimate being in the position that we're in, so it's a great opportunity for a lot of guys and for our team and coaches. ... It's a cohesion thing throughout the whole team. We rely on our chemistry, we rely on each other, we play for each other. One guy is not just going to make up what Draymond brings to the table. It's all the little things he does that wins championships."
The Associated Press contributed to this report