Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal came to the defense of Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green after he stepped on the chest of Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis in Game 2 of their playoff matchup on Monday night.

The incident between the two players occurred in the fourth quarter. Sabonis was trying to find the offensive rebound on a missed shot when he hit the ground near Green’s feet. Sabonis appeared to grab Green’s right leg as the striker tried to climb up the pitch. Green tried to break free as he walked over to Sabonis.

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts when he is called for a foul for stepping on Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis during the second half of Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs. NBA in Sacramento, California, on Monday, April 17. , 2023. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)

Green then looked down to see what Sabonis was doing. As Green collected himself, he used his right foot to step on Sabonis’s chest. The Kings player was writhing in pain as the referees tried to break up the scrum.

O’Neal said on the postgame show later Tuesday night that he would have done the same.

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after being ejected from Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs for stomping on the chest of Sacramento's Domantas Sabonis, Monday, April 17, 2023, in Sacramento, Calif.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reacts after being ejected from Game 2 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs for stomping on the chest of Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis, Monday, April 17, 2023, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)

«I would do the same thing. I really would. Don’t catch me,» the former Los Angeles Lakers champion said. «What am I going to do? For example, if I stay there and try to run forward, I’ll fall. You have to pick him up off of you. And if you pick him up off of you and he gets in the way, you might get trampled. Was that a play? Dirty? Of course it was a dirty move… If you don’t catch me, this won’t happen.»

Sabonis said he was trying to protect himself.

«I got hit in the jaw earlier in the game. So when I fell, I was protecting myself,» Sabonis told reporters in the locker room. «So obviously the incident happened. There’s no room for that in our game today. At that point, I get pushed. I fall to the ground. I’m just trying to protect myself.»

Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings reacts during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Domantas Sabonis #10 of the Sacramento Kings reacts during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game 2 of Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2023 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Green is unlikely to face a suspension, The Athletic reported.