That mindset is why Green didn’t want Tristan Thompson to get suspended during the Finals. After a late Game 1 scuffle in which Thompson shoved the ball in Green’s face, the league interviewed Green about the incident the next day. The conversation — as paraphrased, according to sources — went something along these lines: NBA: Do you expect any of the negative emotions to spill over into Game 2? Green: No, each game is a story of its own. I don’t anticipate there being a carryover. Not at all.
NBA: What about Tristan shoving the ball in your face? Green: Nah, it was 2.6 seconds remaining in the game. Tristan was just giving me the ball so we could get the game over with. NBA: Are you sure there won’t be any bad blood? Green: Man, it’s the Warriors versus the Cavaliers, not the Bloods versus the Crips. According to sources briefed on the call, the league paused momentarily before replying, “Well, OK.” Thompson avoided a suspension.
Tim Reynolds: The NBA has fined Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson $25,000, and downgraded his Flagrant-2 foul from Game 1 of the NBA Finals to a Flagrant-1. No other discipline is coming regarding the series opener. #NBAFinals
Dave McMenamin: Tyronn Lue will not be fined for his postgame comments about the officiating after Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a league source told ESPN.