The story of an NBA player's mystery healing herb

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

Former NBA player shares story of addiction

Three years ago, the Golden State Warriors' guard Leandro Barbosa shredded his left anterior cruciate ligament. For a guard reliant on speed to fuel his game, losing even a few miles per hour or a smidgen of explosiveness could have been a career-ender.

Amazingly, the 33-year-old Brazilian was able to return to the court a scant eight months later, and, more importantly, regained a great deal of the juice in his legs. What revolutionary scientific and/or medical procedure did he undergo? None. Barbosa partially credits a Brazilian folk remedy derived from a local plant called arnica do mato. It's wholly unavailable in the United States, but Barbosa began swigging down glasses of a syrupy green juice extracted from the shrub on the advice of his personal trainer, Alex Evangelista, who told him that it had been used to treat a different species of competitor.

SEE ALSO: Fan Vote May Name Football Team 'Teamy McTeamface'

"It's a medicine you give horses," Barbosa explained to the New York Times. "Whenever they get hurt, it helps them recover very quickly. Because they have to run."

In the article, Barbosa kvells about the substance's curative powers, though he's been unable to convince his fellow Warriors to join him. He's not only procured "vats" of it—at the beginning of his rehab, he was bathing in it.

These days, he's down to guzzling two glassfuls a day even though by all accounts the taste of arnica do mato is pretty noxious. "It burns going down," Barbosa said. "You kind of feel dizzy if you're not used to it. I got used to it."

Lousy flavor profile notwithstanding, Barbosa swears by its effectiveness to the point that he sounds like he's selling magic beans. "It cleans out all the bad things that you have in your body. All natural," he said.

And despite sticking to a fairly rigorous health, exercise, and training regimen gleaned from picking the brain of his fitness-obsessed former teammate, Steve Nash, Barbosa seems to be convinced that imbibing the arnica do mato extract has not only aided in his ACL recovery, but has helped to keep him injury-free the last three seasons.

The Times reached out to "several plant science experts" and Mount Sinai's co-chief of sports medicine, none of who had ever heard of this strain of arnica, let alone its use as both an analgesic and antioxidant. Barbosa's teammate and fellow countryman, Anderson Varejao, however, told the Times that yes, it was a common and well-known home remedy.

Quickly scan Brazilian heath blogs, though, and you'll find plenty of mentions of arnica do mato, many of which mention a history of the plant being doled out by grandmothers to not just treat minor bruises and reduce pain, but combat a wide variety of physical issues. One site states that it additionally "facilitates the secretion of urine and regulates the menstrual flow, combats cough, tones the body and clears the intestines," and "Assists in skin and gonorrhea problems." Others claims it'll deal with ingrown toenails and pesky bouts of flatulence. You can buy pills of it online, though this site cautions against ingesting more than 1500 to 3000 milligrams per day.

SEE ALSO: Technology Sucks, According To French Open Officials

Whether Barbosa exceeded that limit is unknown, but a spokesperson for the Warriors confirmed that the team's training staff had given him the thumbs up to continue using it. (They declined to explain how they'd gone about vetting arnica do mato or what research they might have done to come to this conclusion.)

The question is, does it work? A plant in the same family, arnica montana, which grows in Russia and Central Europe, is widely sold throughout the West, but some clinical studies have shown that it is no different than swallowing a placebo, does not speed the resolution of post-laser treatment bruises, is ineffective in the treatment of osteoarthritis, and is about as impactful as ibuprofen, particularly when it comes to improving soreness after running.

Vocativ spoke with William Milliken, an ethnobiologist with the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens who has extensive experience researching traditional knowledge and medicinal plants in Brazil. He pointed to the scientific studies that have been done showing that yes, arnica do mato is an effective anti-inflammatory and painkiller. "That in itself suggests that it has medicinal properties," he said, "the fact that it's widely used and that there's multiple references to use."

In a 2008 study of mice treated with arnica do mato showed that the plant "significantly reduced the number of writhes induced by acetic acid," and a 2005 study of rats also reported "significant anti-inflammatory activity." One even went so far as to suggest that it's "effective against the development of cancer," specifically providing a "protective influence on the process of colon carcinogenesis, suppressing both the initiation and the promotion of colonic carcinogenesis."

According to Milliken, it's often infused into alcohol beverages as a means of masking the bitter, unpleasant taste, one that a teammate of Barbosa described as "like acid."

"I once drank a kind of rum that was laced with it," Milliken said, "A bottle that had a sprig inside of it. People sell these as a kind of medicinal drink."

Milliken explained that arnica do mato can only be found in certain parts of South America, and is endemic to the Cerrado Rupestre in the savannas of Eastern Brazil, but that same scarcity has landed it on the endangered species list.

See what goes on in NBA locker rooms before games:

22 PHOTOS
Inside NBA locker rooms before games
See Gallery
The story of an NBA player's mystery healing herb
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 12: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reads a book in the locker room prior to Game One of the 2012 NBA Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler /NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 9: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors gets ready in the locker room before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 9, 2015 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 9: Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers warms up in the locker room before facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 24: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the locker room before facing the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Oracle Arena on April 24, 2014 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder listens to music in front of his locker before the game against the New Orleans Hornets on March 10, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 2001: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers prepares in the locker room before a 2001 NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JUNE 11: Brian Shaw #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers relaxes in the locker room prior to playing the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the 2000 NBA Finals played June 11, 2000 at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - 1993: Ralph Sampson of the Sacramento Kings in the locker room in 1993 in Sacramento, California.(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/ Getty Images)
General view of the locker room of the Sacramento Kings. (Photo by Rick Stewart via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 7: Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up in a hallway outside the locker room before playing the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL, 24: Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) has a moment in the hall outside the locker room prior to game action against the Toronto Raptors in game three action on April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 05: Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics stretches in the locker room prior to Game One of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 5, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: Teammates Mike Miller #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and James Jones #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers together in the locker room prior to Game Four of the 2015 NBA Finals at The Quicken Loans Arena on June 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the locker room before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at STAPLES Center on March 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Juan O'Campo/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 12: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers stretches in the locker room before a game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2015 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 19: Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets in the locker room before the game against the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 31: Ryan Hollins #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers stretches in the locker room before a game against the Golden State Warriors at STAPLES Center on October 31, 2013 at in Los Angeles, 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder listens to music in the locker room before facing the Miami Heat in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 15: Rasheed Wallace #36 of the Detroit Pistons gets ready in the locker room hot tub before a game against the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2007 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - MAY 30: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks stretches in the locker room before the game against the Phoenix Suns in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2006 NBA Playoffs on May 30, 2006 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JUNE 08: (L-R) Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell of the Boston Celtics celebrate in the locker room after their 108-102 win against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 8, 2008 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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. Mandatory Copyright: 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

"It is considered an endangered species by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment due to its natural endemism and habitat vulnerability," he emailed in response to a follow up question, "in addition to the over-harvesting of buds, leaves and stems that are used by local inhabitants for home-made medicinal recipes, which may affect population dynamics."

As to whether there's any potential downside, Milliken said that he hadn't heard of any specific side effects or negative impacts, but he did warn that the overconsumption of any medicinal product could potentially be harmful.

Vocativ contacted Dr. Maria das Graças Lins Brandão, a professor of pharmaceutical products at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. She agreed with Milliken that yes, arnica do mato is "effective as a topical remedy to treat echimoses and muscular inflammations," but strongly cautioned that it should not be ingested.

"They are considered toxic when is administered orally," she wrote via email. "The substances are cytotocic and can cause damage to the liver." A study from 2014 that Dr. Brandão sent shows that for mice consuming between 250 and 500 milligrams per kilogram of arnica do mato not only "did not cause muscle tone alterations," but actually made them sluggish, inducing "a significant inhibition of the spontaneous locomotor activity."

Further, it didn't promote any weight loss, but did induce "cellular alterations, such as vacuolar degeneration and inflammation in kidneys and liver at all doses."

Liver damage aside, Vocativ asked if there is any chance that arnica do mato played a part in keeping Barbosa on the court and restoring giddyup. Dr. Brandão said no, "That is a myth."

The post The Story Of An NBA Player's Mystery Healing Herb appeared first on Vocativ.

Follow AOL Sports on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

See the best photos of the NBA Playoffs

28 PHOTOS
Best of the NBA playoffs
See Gallery
The story of an NBA player's mystery healing herb
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, foreground, hugs Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016. The Warriors won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant defends during the second half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 120-111. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry waits for a interview as confetti comes down after a 118-91 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 21: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after being hit in the face by teammate Tristan Thompson #13 during the first half against the Toronto Raptors in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 21, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 11: DeMarre Carroll #5 of the Toronto Raptors shoots the ball and is fouled by Josh McRoberts #4 of the Miami Heat in the first half of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 11, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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 Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker during the first half in Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 11: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket in the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2016 at Oracle Arena 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)
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) drives past Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes, bottom left, and Shaun Livingston (34) during the second half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 118-106. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Miami Heat's Joe Johnson (2) tries to block a shot-attempt by Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo (8) during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals, Friday, May 13, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 29: Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers celebrates during the 101-83 win over the Toronto Raptors in game six of the 2016 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets' Courtney Lee (1) passes the ball to a teammate as Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) defends during the second half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, April 29, 2016. The Heat won 97-90. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller flies over fans as he chases a loose ball during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers scores on a dunk in a 108-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) drives past Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza, bottom left, and Dwight Howard, top left, during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 114-81. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, center, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee, left, and forward Al-Farouq Aminu, right, during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, center, battles for control of the ball with Golden State Warriors' Ian Clark, left, and Marreese Speights during the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (33) and Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo (8) battle for a loose ball during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff basketball series Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 100-83. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, right, pleads to referee Mike Callahan, left, after being called for his third foul during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 26: Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks battles under the basket against Jae Crowder #99 of the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26: Norman Powell #24 of the Toronto Raptors dunks the ball late in the second half of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 26, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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 Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket on DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers in the third quarter of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 23, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won the game 96-88. 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 Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Boston Celtics and Evan Turner #11 react after a foul was called against Turner during the fourth quarter of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden on April 22, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Hawks 111-103. 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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 18: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets is guarded by Draymond Green #23, Andrew Bogut #12 and Leandro Barbosa #19 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 18, 2016 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 Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 106-101. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 16: Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers goes up to shoot against Patrick Patterson #54 of the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 17:Boris Diaw #33 of the San Antonio Spurs battles JaMychal Green #0 of the Memphis Grizzlies for a rebound in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) reacts after scoring against the Houston Rockets during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION
Read Full Story

People are Reading