The NBA Finals swung in favor of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the league suspended Golden State Warriors’ forward Draymond Green due to him hitting an opponent in the groin. NBA fans may see even more of those calls this upcoming season.
NBA referees were informed to crack down on contact to the groin area as well as walking calls. The association has instructed referees in order for them to learn how to call those infractions moving forward, according to Yahoo Sports.
These hits to the groin were called “unnatural acts” by the league and will be a point of emphasis after multiple situations involving Green during the postseason. The Warriors forward had a habit of flailing his arms or legs and on a few occasions made contact with opponents in the groin area.
“Now all of a sudden legs are coming out in different directions at weird times, they’re coming higher,” NBA senior vice president Joe Borgia said. ”Well, for the protection of the players, we’re going to stop it.”
Green hit Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James in the groin during Game 4 of the NBA Finals and missed the next game. Despite a 3-1 series lead for Golden State, Cleveland won Game 5 on the road and then rallied to win the next two games and the first NBA championship in franchise history.
On the other hand, the NBA also received complaints from coaches that players were getting away with too many steps along the perimeter. Referees will watch for players who spot up behind the three-point line looking to shoot, but then take an extra step to avoid a defender.
Finally, the league’s replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey will continue to see greater responsibility when it comes to replay reviews. They will review everything except for ones involving flagrant fouls and fights.