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Draymond Green on Clevelanders: ‘They don’t seem to be the sharpest people’

The Warriors fiery forward threw shade Cleveland residents after weathering hostile treatment during Golden States Game 4 loss in Cleveland

Warriors forward Draymond Green made no secret of how he feels about Cleveland fans in the aftermath of the Warriors 137-116 loss in Game 4 of the NBA finals on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

I dont pay that much attention to anybody in Cleveland, honestly, he said. They dont seem to be the sharpest people around.

Green was the target of a hostile reception from the home crowd throughout the lopsided defeat, which denied the Warriors a finals sweep and the first perfect postseason in league history.

Chants of Draymond sucks were audible whenever the Golden State firebrand was at the center of the action, never more than a controversial sequence during the third quarter which saw Green nearly ejected.

A year after his antics on this floor led to a suspension for Game 5 that began the Warriors historic collapse, Green was again in the middle of the nights strangest scene.

The 27-year-old appeared to be ejected when he was called for what the Cavs and Warriors thought was his second technical midway through the third quarter. He waved his arms in frustration at an official after being called for fouling Kevin Love and was hit with the tech, which would have triggered an automatic ejection.

But Green didnt leave the court, and referees said the technical they called after Greens foul with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter was on Kerr though the official box score had it listed as Green.

No announcement was ever made correcting the error, not that Green was listening for one.

Kerr said he thought the first technical was called on Green though said he thought he deserved it and believed his power forward was going to have to leave the floor when the one was called in the third quarter.

But Green stood stoically on the floor, then egged on the crowd to raise the decibel level of their jeers toward him. He said he knew all along the first tech wasnt on him.

I knew because the first tech on Steve, which I didnt understand, Mike Callahan came up to John (Goble) and asked him who was the tech on and he said Kerr, Green said. So I knew I didnt have a technical foul, but still trying to figure out why did I get the second one.

The box was changed after the third quarter to indicate Kerr had received the first technical.

The officials acknowledged after the game they did not handle the situation very well.

Goble said he thought he had verbalized to the table that the initial technical was on Kerr, but said after watching the video that he should have done a better job with that. The problem then worsened when the officials didnt catch the public address announcer saying it was called on Green.

The procedure is to advise the table who the technical foul is on and with the player we give a number. With a coach or trainer, we just verbalize and at that time we should listen to the PA announcer to who it is on, Callahan said. At that time, we did not do a very good job of listening to the PA announcer and we did not hear him announce it. I take full responsibility for that.

Late in Game 4 last year, Green swiped at LeBron James groin and was subsequently given a flagrant foul. That gave him an accumulation of flagrant foul points and forced him to sit out Game 5 as the Warriors lost their chance to clinch the series, and they eventually fell in seven games.

So even though Friday was a bad night for the Warriors, at least they head home with good news.

Thank God I get to play in Game 5, Green said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/10/draymond-green-insults-cleveland-nba-finals