Tensions rise between Warriors and Cavs after Green suspended

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(Reuters) - With the Golden State Warriors a victory away from winning a second straight NBA Championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers, tension between the teams hit fever pitch on Sunday on the eve of Game Five over the Draymond Green suspension for his flagrant fouls.

The Warriors’ Green was suspended for Game Five in Oakland on Monday because of the flagrant 1 foul he was called for in an incident with Cleveland’s LeBron James in Game Four on Friday. The incident gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs, which carries a one-game suspension.

Golden State guard Klay Thompson, whose team leads the best-of-seven series 3-1, was asked to respond to James’ postgame remarks on Friday that Green had crossed the line with his in-game trash talk.

“Obviously people have feelings and people's feelings get hurt even if they're called a bad word,” Thompson said.

“I guess his feelings just got hurt. We've all been called plenty of bad words on the basketball court before. Some guys just react to it differently.”

James was asked to respond to Thompson’s remarks.

“Oh, my goodness,” James said. “I'm not going to comment on what Klay said, because I know where it can go from this sit-in. It's so hard to take the high road.

“At the end of the day, we've got to go out and show up and play better tomorrow night, and if we don't, then they're going to be back-to-back champion, and that's it.”

James has taken plenty of criticism not only for the way he has played in the NBA Finals, but for stepping over Green in the fourth-quarter incident that resulted in Green’s suspension that came down on Sunday.   Continued...

Jun 10, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) handles the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in game four of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo