Draymond Green Kicks James Harden in the Face (Video)
We were reminded about it during Thursday night’s Warriors-Rockets game, though. Or rather, James Harden‘s face was reminded about it.
Draymond was fouled by Harden while going for a layup with 2:10 seconds left in overtime. As he was coming down, the Warriors power forward did one of his patented leg flails and wound up giving Harden a heel-kick to the face.
Take a look:
The official NBA rulebook defines a flagrant foul as “unnecessary and/or excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent whether the ball is dead or alive.” That kick to Harden’s face is definitely excessive contact and, by most reasonable standards, unnecessary. So yeah, the referees whistled Green for a Flagrant 1. Harden then nailed both his shots, giving the Rockets a four-point lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
After the game, Green said he “never thought that they would call a flagrant foul” and it “never even crossed [his] mind.”
But, strangely, he seemed to have a pretty good understanding of the rules while arguing that Montrezl Harrell should have been given a flagrant for hitting him in the head.
“So, I’m under the impression if you’re hit in the head, incidental contact, I think that’s a flagrant foul if I’m not mistaken in the rule book,” Green told reporters. “We’ll see. Maybe I’ll go read the rule book, maybe I’m wrong. But I’m not mistaken, I’m right. So, who knows.”
Green should probably just stop talking. And kicking.