The shoe did indeed drop on Draymond Green.
The Golden State Warriors forward will serve a one-game suspension and miss Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The NBA announced Sunday Green had been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league office review for making "unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James" during the fourth quarter of Golden State's Game 4 win Friday.
Because of an accumulation of four flagrant fouls during the postseason, Green must serve a one-game suspension in accordance with league rules.
The Warriors lead the Cavaliers 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.
James was assessed a technical foul for his role in the altercation.
He attempted to step over Green, which the league defined as a "physical taunt."
"The cumulative points system is designed to deter flagrant fouls in our game” said VanDeWeghe. “While Draymond Green’s actions in Game 4 do not merit a suspension as a standalone act, the number of flagrant points he has earned triggers a suspension for Game 5.”
Game 5 is scheduled for Monday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Golden State has controlled most of the series and would be heavily favored at home Monday with a chance to clinch its second straight NBA title. Not having the physical Green, easily Golden State's top frontcourt option, could change such forecasts. With a Warriors loss, the series would return to Cleveland for Game 6.
Green is among the versatile forwards in the league so replacing his skill set isn't possible.
Forward Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, is the likely candidate to enter the starting lineup.
The NBA also issued out a fine to Cavaliers coach Tyron Lue. The first-year head coach was docked $25,000 for critical comments he made toward the officiating crew.