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This NBA Playoff Series Could Be Decided By A Kick In The Balls

The Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green will be fined $25,000 — avoiding a suspension that could have impacted the Western Conference Finals.

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The outcome of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors will not rest on whether or not one player intentionally kicked another in the balls.

In the second quarter of Game 3 Sunday, Draymond Green of the Warriors kicked Steven Adams of the Thunder right where it hurts while attempting a field goal. Green was slapped with a flagrant foul for the kick and a potential one-game suspension right in the middle of the series.

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Ultimately, the NBA decided not to suspend Green, ESPN reported.

Draymond Green's foul has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul 2 and he will be fined, sources say. No suspension

Green swore he didn't mean it.

"I'm not trying to kick somebody in the men's section," Green told ESPN. "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."

The NBA said the kick was "unnecessary and excessive" — but it did not warrant a suspension.

Green previously kneed Adams in the nuts during Game 2 last Wednesday.

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With the Warriors down 2 games to 1 and looking utterly lost during Game 3 against the Thunder, the last thing fans in Oakland wanted was to lose one of their most aggressive players in the middle of the series.

Naturally, fans in Oklahoma City had their hopes up for an aggressive decision by the league. And they seemed to have a case: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones was recently suspended for one game after, you guessed it, knocking Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the nuts.

Last week, Sports Illustrated put Green on the cover, but so far anyway, it looks like he's avoided any curse.

COVER STORY: Versatility is only the start of what Draymond Green brings to the @Warriors https://t.co/niLuPCfipo

Lindsey Adler is a sports reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Lindsey Adler at lindsey.adler@buzzfeed.com.

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