CLEVELAND -- Draymond Green believes the Golden State Warriors would already have the championship trophy had he not been suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, and he is looking forward to trying to make history by winning the title on the Cleveland Cavaliers' floor in back-to-back seasons.
"I have a strong belief that if I play in Game 5, we win. But I didn't because I put myself in a situation where I wasn't able to play," Green said after watching the Cavs' 112-97 victory from O.co Coliseum next to Oracle Arena while serving a suspension.
"I move on from the suspension. That was Game 5; we're here in Game 6, so it's behind us. We got an opportunity to do something that, I don't know if it's ever been done ... where you win a championship on someone else's floor two years in a row. We have that opportunity. It's a fun one. It'll be tough."
The Boston Celtics did win back-to-back titles in Los Angeles in 1968 and 1969.
Speaking for the first time since Game 4, Green said he heard a lot of opinions on the NBA's ruling to upgrade his actions involving LeBron James to a flagrant foul.
"At the end of the day, everyone is going to have their opinion on it and it don't matter anymore," Green said. "I have to be better and not put myself in this position to where it is a decision, to where there is an investigation. I do my team no justice being in street clothes watching the game at the A's game."
Asked about his reaction to James' actions, which included discussing Green's trash talk that contributed to the incident, Green simply said: "He's a great player."
Green thanked the Oakland Athletics for hosting him in a suite as they took on the Texas Rangers as Game 5 took place next door. He also said he was appreciative that general manager Bob Myers spent much of the game watching with him. He got a great reception from A's fans when he was shown on the scoreboard. But he said overall it was a difficult experience.
"It was brutal, the entire day itself," Green said. "It was one of the weirdest days ever for me -- knowing that my team is getting ready for a game. This whole day I'm preparing for a game, but I'm really not. Knowing I can't go and help my guys, I can't even be around. My emotions were all over the place. It was an emotional roller coaster that day."
Green is still in some danger. If he gets another flagrant foul, he would be suspended for a possible Game 7. He is also two technical fouls away from being suspended.
He said he won't alter his playing style but is quite aware of the situation.
"I think I've got to come out and play my game regardless," Green said. "There's those little fine lines you know you can't cross. It's not every play that you're close to that line. It's a basketball game, so there's only certain plays where you are. I just have to make sure I'm composed when those situations come about that I control my emotions and channel that energy and use it in a positive way to help my team."