Things got super chippy during the second quarter of Monday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James was dribbling up the court on a 1-on-2 against Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. In an attempt to force a turnover, Green put his arm in his path and tried to get a steal.
Instead, his arm got too much of James’ torso and LeBron hit the ground hard. It looked like he went down a little easily, but he stayed on the floor for a second while things got tense between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.
For that reason, Green decided to show LeBron that he didn’t appreciate how easily the reigning Finals MVP hit the ground by doing a pretend flop.
In fact, Green laughed at how easily James hit the floor.
Green ended up picking up a flagrant foul on this play. It’s not a surprise that emotions ran high between these two teams, and it’s even less of a surprise that Green was prominently involved – back in October, Green said he wants to “annihilate” the Cavaliers if they meet up in the Finals this summer.
Things are always tense between these two teams. We didn’t need a reminder of this, but thanks to Green and James, we got one.