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With 5:57 left in the second quarter, [Draymond] Green went up for a shot and during his attempt, lifted his right leg into the crotch of Thunder center Steven Adams. Adams, whistled for a foul on the play, dropped to the floor in pain while Green prepared to shoot two free throws. “My leg went up,” Green said afterward. “I know my core is not strong enough to stop my leg halfway from where it was going. Honestly, I didn’t know I hit him.” CSN Bay Area
Meanwhile, as officials reviewed Green’s actions, the video screens at Chesapeake Energy Arena ran at least four replays. The vociferous sellout crowd, enraged a little more with each replay, chanted, “Kick him out! Kick him out!” It was the second time in two games that Green inflicted a low blow on Adams, as it also happened in Game 2 last Wednesday at Oracle Arena. CSN Bay Area
“I followed through on a shot,” Green said. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the midsection. I’m sure he wants to have kids someday. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court. That don’t make sense.” CSN Bay Area
OKC's lead ballooned as high as 41 and the dust settled at 133-105, a shocking Game 3 blowout that gave the Thunder a 2-1 series lead, changing the tenor of this tilt, which now favors OKC. So much went right for the Thunder. Andre Roberson made more 3s than Klay Thompson on three fewer attempts. And so much went wrong for the Warriors. Their vaunted Death Lineup shot 1-of-16 while on the floor together. Oklahoman
Durant had 11 points in the first quarter and 33 in the game, on an extremely efficient 10-of-15 shooting in 32 minutes. Out in Oakland, Durant had 13 turnovers and 12 free throw attempts combined in the two games. On Sunday, he went 12-of-12 from the line and only committed one turnover. Oklahoman
Curry shot 7-of-17 and had little impact elsewhere. Thompson had 18 points, one assist, one rebound and three turnovers. Draymond Green had the kick heard 'round the NBA world, which sparked a 25-4 Thunder run, and the game's ugliest stat-line: 1-of-9 shooting, six points, four turnovers, three fouls and the flagrant. Oklahoman
DeMar DeRozan has taken a lot of flak throughout these playoffs, but when the Raptors have needed him most, he has delivered. He scored 30 points, hitting all nine of his free throw attempts in Game 7 against Indiana, had 28 and eight rebounds, while hitting nearly half of his 29 shot attempts against Miami in another Game 7, and has turned in his best three-game stretch of these playoffs against Cleveland, including perhaps his best-ever all-round post-season performance in Saturday’s victory. National Post
DeRozan said part of his improved shooting can be attributed to the fact that his bothersome thumb injury — one that played havoc with his feel for the ball earlier in the playoffs — is less problematic these days. “It’s not as bad as it was, it was pretty bad, honestly. I told myself I wasn’t going to talk about it until whenever we were done,” DeRozan said. National Post
Sunday, less than an hour before tipoff, the NBA announced it had suspended Cleveland guard Dahntay Jones for one game for striking Toronto center Bismack Biyombo in the groin. The incident happened during the course of play, not unlike what Green did to Adams. Even though I can't speak personally about such things, it sure looked like the force with which Green hit Adams would've been way more painful than when Jones hit Biyombo. Oklahoman
Mark Cuban said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday he would "absolutely" consider being Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump's running mate. He added, however, Clinton would have to "go more to center" before he committed to serving as her VP. "I like the fact that Senator Clinton has thought-out proposals," Cuban said. "That's a good thing because at least we get to see exactly where she stands." Dallas Morning News
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