Monday, April 23, 2018
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Green on flagrant: 'I just laugh at it'

Forward Draymond Green was once again tagged with a flagrant foul during the Warriors' game Thursday against the Rockets. While exaggerating contact on a putback attempt, his flailing leg connected with the head of Houston guard James Harden.

The referees reviewed the play and levied the ruling, something the league sanctioned against this past offseason after Green's kicks became a major story line during the postseason.

Green expressed displeasure postgame in the ruling and went even further at Saturday's shootaround, criticizing the league office for believing it can tell him how his body is supposed to react to different situations on the court.

"I just laugh at it," Green said. "It's funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react. I didn't know the league office was that smart when it came to body movements."

Green wondered if the members of the league office had taken kinesiology classes to determine how athlete's bodies react when hit in certain positions.

He went on to say the league shouldn't stop there and should look into all sorts of unnatural acts that take place on the court. "No offense to James Harden, but I've never seen nobody up until James started doing it that shoots a layup like this under your arm," Green said, mimicking Harden's movements. "That's really not a natural act either. That's not a natural basketball play."

After the game, Green took to his Twitter feed to unload what seemed to be some veiled messages toward the league. After tweeting "Marked.," Green sent out three pictures — one of the poster for the movie Bad Boys and two of the 1990s Bad Boys era of the Detroit Pistons.

Asked about it Saturday, Green smiled and sarcastically denied any link.

"Bad Boys is one of my favorite movies. Bad Boys II, actually," Green said. "As far as the Pistons, I grew up in the state of Michigan, so the Detroit Bad Boys is near and dear to my heart."

Game highlights: Andrew Wiggins scored 29, Karl-Anthony Towns added 27 and the visiting Timberwolves erased a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Hornets 125-120 in overtime. … Isaiah Thomas scored 37, including 12 straight points in the fourth, to lead the visiting Celtics to a 107-106 victory over the 76ers. … Former Sickles High standout John Henson scored 20 to lead the visiting Bucks past the Nets 112-103. … Troy Daniels scored a career-high 31 as the host Grizzlies beat the Lakers 103-100 after Julius Randle missed three free throws with 5.9 seconds left. …Wesley Matthews scored 20 in the second half as the host Mavericks' defeated the Bulls 107-82.

Around the league: Rick Carlisle said "indefinitely" is the best term to describe how long Dirk Nowitzki will be out with a strained right Achilles. He has missed 12 games with the injury.

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