Draymond Green appears to be up to his dirty tricks again.
Or has LeBron James just mastered the art of flopping?
Things got a little chippy between the Cavaliers and Warriors Monday night as James and Green collided into each other during the second quarter in a rematch of last season’s NBA Finals.
James was driving up the floor and as he crossed halfcourt Green ran into his side, clotheslining James to the ground.
Green appeared to be going for the ball but was charged with a Flagrant 1.
As James lay on the ground, Richard Jefferson began jawing with Green and the two were both given technical fouls.
“I fouled [James] to stop the break, and he went down,” Green said. “And in the aftermath, I don’t know, I told RJ to get out of my face. Got a tech.”
James laughed it off after the game.
“I think his shoulder hit me in the face,” James said. “It happened so fast, I didn’t even know who it was. But I’m all right. I’m a football player.”
Green, meanwhile, milked the moment for all it was worth and began to mock James for flopping in front of a few fans sitting courtside while the Cavs store got back to his feet.
James hit one of his two free throws, which narrowed the score to 52-36 with 6:54 remaining in the first half.
Green and James do have a history together.
During the Finals, Green delivered a low blow to James which got the Warriors forward suspended for Game 5, helping the Cavs begin their 3-1 comeback to win the title.
The Warriors appeared to get the last laugh this time around with a 126-91 victory.