In the middle of the third quarter, Green, known for his. hands-on defense, was called for his second technical foul of the game. The entire episode was odd, as was much of the officiating during the game.
But Green didn't leave the court, and referees said the technical they called after Green's foul with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter was on Kerr - though the official box score had it listed as Green.
The NBA released an interview transcript with two of the officials, Mike Callahan and John Goble, after the game. In all, five players committed technical fouls in the third - James and Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers and Kevin Durant, Green and Zaza Pachulia from the Warriors. Even Kerr himself thought the first tech was on Green, but Kerr did say he believed he should've been the recipient. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it all starts with better on-ball defense.
Just when it seemed Green would be ejected the officiating crew of Mike Callahan (lead), Marc Davis and John Goble stepped in to convey that Green's first technical - as stated on the original game book - actually was assessed to Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
"I noticed the reaction by Coach Kerr and then assessed the technical foul", Goble said.
And nobody knows that better than Green.
For several minutes, however, the only people who seemed to know that in the entire arena were the three officials.
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"They're fine, it happens every year", Green said, according to video captured by Sports Illustrated. At that time, we did not do a very good job of listening to the PA announcer and we did not hear him announce it.
That's because Kerr did hear it, and the announcer did announce the technical for Green. The sellout Cavs crowd celebrated.
Friday night's Game 4 was barely underway before the uneven performance of the officials took center stage.
"I really don't pay that much attention - I don't pay much attention to anybody in Cleveland honestly", Green said. "I asked him, and he told me to keep playing".
"So I don't know".
"But I'm still trying to figure out why did I get the "second" one".