OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 12: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the game in his teams 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Draymond Green doesn’t have many fans in Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are facing off in their fourth straight NBA Finals. During Game 1 last night, we got the full Draymond experience.Early in the game, the versatile forward got after Cavs superstar LeBron James both verbally and physically. In the second quarter, Green caught up in the eye with a questionable contest of Green at the basket. It left James with a red spot in his left eye.Battle wound.#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/3UIAgpHMf1— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 1, 2018After JR Smith’s unbelievable gaffe that helped get the game to overtime, the Warriors took control of the game. With a pretty safe 10-point lead, Draymond mocked Cavs’ bench forward Kendrick Perkins, referring to him as a cheerleader with by mimicking a dance with imaginary pom poms.With just a few seconds left in the game, Green turned his attention to Tristan Thompson, who was fuming over a shot taken late in the shot clock by Shaun Livingston. Green clapped in the Cavs’ big man’s face, and Thompson responded by hitting him in the face with the ball. He was ejected with a few second left on the clock and the game in hand for the Warriors.When told that Smith insists that he did not forget about the score of the tie game at the end of regulation, Green had another viral moment. He couldn’t help but crack up at that notion.So yeah, Draymond isn’t a favorite of those over in Ohio. As you can imagine, there is a pretty significant crossover between Cavaliers and Ohio State fans.Among them is OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith. He’s never shy about sharing his feelings on Twitter.Zach Smith ripped Draymond Green shortly after the game, calling him a “clown.”Draymond is a clown. Never has he not been. Good player. Not great. Has the luxury of playing with elite players so he’s relevant. ???— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 1, 2018It probably doesn’t help matters that Green is a very notable former Michigan State star. The Spartans have long been one of the best college basketball programs in the Big Ten, and a rival of the Buckeyes.This definitely has more to do with his NBA career though. Green has a reputation as a dirty player, and it has caused controversy during these four NBA Finals series.
DETROIT — Sam Reinhart and Tage Thompson scored in a seven-round shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres their ninth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.Jeff Skinner and Thompson scored for Buffalo in regulation, and Linus Ullmark made 35 saves.Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 33 shots. Andreas Athanasiou scored in the shootout for the Red Wings.Mantha tied it at 2, with 6:28 left in the third. He poked in the rebound off the goal post. It was Mantha’s seventh goal and came four seconds after a Red Wings power play ended.Thompson gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead 7:40 into the third period with a power-play goal on a one-time slap shot from the left circle. It was Thompson’s third goal.Larkin tied it at 1, 53 seconds into the second period when his harmless-looking wrist shot from the outside of the left circle along the boards from a bad angle went in off Ullmark. It was Larkin’s ninth goal.Skinner’s power-play goal 3:37 into the game gave Buffalo a 1-0 lead. He put in the rebound, of a shot by Jack Eichel, from the slot. It was Skinner’s league-leading 18th goal and his fourth in three games.Ullmark was forced to make an unexpected spectacular reverse pad save when a dump in from the neutral zone took a weird bounce in the left circle and was headed for the empty net as Ullmark came out to play the puck.NOTE: Buffalo was without C Patrik Berglund because of an upper-body injury. … Detroit was without D Jonathan Ericsson (undiscliosed) and Darren Helm (upper body).UP NEXT:Buffalo: Hosts San Jose on Tuesday night.Detroit: Hosts Columbus on Monday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsPaul Harris, The Associated Press