Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green believes the outcome of Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers would have been different if he had been allowed to play, reports Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.
The Cavaliers took Game 5 easily after a strong fourth quarter, winning 112-97. Cleveland was led by strong performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who both scored 41 points to become the first duo to score at least 40 points in the same Finals game.
Green, however, thinks his presence would have been enough for the Warriors to close out the series at home.
“I have a strong belief if I played Game 5, we would have won,” Green said.
Green was suspended after being assessed a flagrant 1 foul in Game 4 for hitting James in the groin. Green had already tallied three flagrant foul points this offseason, meaning the Game 4 foul called for a mandatory suspension.
He will return for Game 6, as the Warriors attempt to claim their second-straight NBA title on the road in Cleveland.