During the second half of Game 4, Green appeared to have received his second technical foul of the night.
"The procedure is to advise the table who the technical foul is on and with the player we give a number", said Callahan. "I take full responsibly for that". Rather than completing a flawless 16-0 postseason and winning a second NBA title in three years, the Warriors instead saw the Cleveland Cavaliers shoot the lights out in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, winning 137-116 to send the series back to Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night.
"They all agreed as a unit that they were told by the officials that that first-half technical was in fact on Draymond Green", Burke said on ABC midway through the third quarter. "After looking at the video, I should have done a better job of making sure that the table knew the technical foul was on Coach Kerr".
However, after a long period of on-court confusion, it was determined that Green was not assessed a tech in the first quarter to begin with.
The public address man at Quicken Loans Arena had announced that the first technical was on Green and no correction or explanation was ever given to the crowd when Green remained in the game.
The technical in question occurred when Green elbowed Iman Shumpert in the face in pursuit of a loose ball. "In the moment, I thought I had verbalized to the table that the technical foul was on coach Kerr".
"We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out", Green said. "But I thought I heard the announcer say, the PA announcer say that it was on Draymond". At least if I'm going to get 'em, let me earn them.
This is the way Green approaches the game.
The Cavaliers stayed alive in the NBA Finals with a 137-116 victory in game four on Friday, which cut Golden State's series lead to 3-1. With 1:55 to play in the first, referee John Goble definitely called a technical. "I know officiating is tough, and but when you go review situations, they usually get it right".
With 6:18 left in the period, Green was whistled for a foul on Kevin Love that he wasn't happy with. I talk to them.
And people were confused, but some took it a bit further, including Green's mom, Mary Babers Green, who tweeted: "These OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY PAID!"