Draymond Green won’t play in Game 5 of the Finals after being retroactively assessed a Flagrant 1 for his Game 4 hit to the groin of LeBron James. But if the Warriors win, they’ll close out the series and win their second consecutive title, and what then? Would Green be allowed to celebrate with his team? According to The Vertical‘s Shams Charania, he’s working on figuring out a way to make that happen.
Green is strongly pushing to attend Game 5 of the Finals and watch the game inside Oracle Arena despite the suspension barring him from entering the arena, sources told The Vertical. He would likely face a substantial fine from the league if he were to attend the game. Green wants to find a route into the arena, and his reps are discussing the logistics of attending with the league and the players’ union.
According to page 16 of the NBA’s official rulebook, a player (or coach) is subject to an automatic fine of $2,000 for attending a game for which they’re suspended:
If a player, coach or assistant coach is suspended from a game or games, he shall not at any time before, during or after such game or games appear in any part of the arena or stands where his team is playing. A player, coach or assistant coach who is ejected may only remain in the dressing room of his team during the remainder of the game, or leave the building. A violation of this rule shall call for an automatic fine of $2000.
This is an unprecedented situation — a player being suspended for a game in which his team could potentially close out the Finals, in a series where he is, thus far, arguably the favorite to win Finals MVP. The logistics of having Green at the trophy presentation (if the Warriors win Monday) will be fascinating to watch, even if he isn’t allowed in during the game.