Draymond says Anthony Davis shouldn’t be suspended for NBA Finals Game 6

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Ironically, Draymond isn’t in favor of a season-altering suspension for Davis.

The good news for Davis and the Lakers is that the NBA won’t discipline him.

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The NBA suspended Draymond in 2016 with the Warriors leading the 2016 NBA Finals three-games-to-one. Golden State would go on to lose the next three games and the series. The rest is history.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors that summer and the Warriors went on to win the next two NBA titles and came up short of a three-peat in 2018-19.» data-reactid=»32″>Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors that summer and the Warriors went on to win the next two NBA titles and came up short of a three-peat in 2018-19.

NBA (and Warriors) history might be completely different if the NBA hadn’t suspended Draymond for his actions towards LeBron. 

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If the NBA had suspended Davis for Game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals on Sunday, the league might have been looking at a similar series comeback. The Heat edged the Lakers in a thrilling Game 5 and appear to have the momentum. Without Davis, the Lakers would have been severely shorthanded Sunday and potentially faced a Game 7 on Tuesday.

Instead, Davis will be active for Sunday’s game, though he’s dealing with a right heel contusion that could limit his effectiveness.