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Draymond Green Reacts To Chris Paul's Dirty Play

Draymond Green on the court during a Warriors NBA Finals game.

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

During Tuesday night's Game 5 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul appeared to kick Jose Alvarado in the groin while following through a jump shot.

Despite the incident, Paul posted 22 points and 11 assists in a pivotal 112-97 victory that gave Phoenix a 3-2 series lead. There was no call on the play, but it's possible the NBA disciplines the 12-time All-Star after reviewing the footage.

Hardly a stranger to hits below the belt, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green commented on Paul's controversial paly. “Been ejected for less,” Green said on Twitter.

As he alluded to, Green has been on the offensive end similar incidents over the years.

Steven Adams can certainly attest to that. Green kicked the center in the groin twice during the 2016 Western Conference Finals. After the Warriors advanced over Adams' Oklahoma City Thunder, Green got into another costly altercation.

In Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Green struck LeBron James in a sensitive spot. He received a flagrant foul and one-game suspension that helped the Cleveland Cavaliers overcome a 3-1 deficit to win their first title.

Paul has often been accused of being a dirty player throughout his decorated NBA career, but he'd likely at most face a fine for Tuesday's incident. The Suns can close out the first-round series Thursday night in New Orleans.