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The Golden State Warriors got blown out of the arena by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night 133-105, with OKC taking a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.  Though the Warriors couldn’t land a punch, Draymond Green landed a kick “straight to the jewels” of Steven Adams, according to the New Zealander.

With the Warriors trailing, 48-40, with 5:57 to play in the second quarter, Adams fouled Green on a drive to the basket; Green’s right leg swung and hit Adams directly between the legs with a straight shot to the groin.  Adams immediately went down on his knees and elbows agonizing in pain.

Green was assessed a flagrant 1 foul and the NBA will review the incident today and see if further punishment is warranted.  Green however says it wasn’t intentional.

“I followed through on a shot,” Green said. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the men’s section. I’m sure he wants to have kids one day. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense. I brought the ball over the top this way [makes motion], he fouled me, and I brought my leg up. I mean, I know my core’s not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from wherever it was going.”

That’s hard for people to believe since it’s happened twice. “It happened before, mate. He’s pretty accurate,” said Adams.  Green admitted it would be difficult to believe it was accidental if it happened twice and the roles were reversed, but stood by his previous statement.

“This one, I probably wouldn’t believe it, from the way it looked,” Green said. “But once again, I brought the ball over, I got fouled this way, my body went that way, and the right leg went up. So it’s really not what I believe if a guy did it to me. I know what happened. Once again, I’m not trying to kick a guy where he got kicked.”

Adams, who said he was in so much pain that he “shed some tears, actually,” declined to say whether he thought Green should be suspended.

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source: ESPN