Green Suspended After Locker Room Confrontation With Durant

Kristopher Nichols
November 15, 2018

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant appeared to have a heated exchange on the bench Monday night, as the Golden State Warriors squandered the chance to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in regulation time.

Nor do they expect the emotional Green to change after his one-game suspension by the team Tuesday. Green ignored Durant's calls for the ball, and ended up fumbling it before the Warriors could get a shot up.

The Warriors raised their game in the second half however, taking charge after outscoring the Hawks by 33-24 in the 3rd quarter before closing out the win.

Durant and Green came to blows in incredible fashion during the Warriors' overtime defeat to the LA Clippers on Monday. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears, the frustrations spilled over into the locker room in what was described as "one of the most intense" locker room scenes to date for this Warriors regime.

That would be none other than All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who once bolted an Oklahoma City Thunder team that held a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals for the very team it blew that lead against.

One of the most well-known players in the National Basketball Association has been suspended without pay from the Golden State Warriors for one game.

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Since before training camp opened, the Warriors - players and management - have been mentally prepared for this being Kevin Durant's last season with the team (Durant is expected to opt out next summer and become a free agent).

On Wednesday afternoon, Stephen A. Smith said there are just two teams in the running for Durant - and neither are the Warriors.

Teammates argued with Green over his choice in the final moments to keep the ball instead of passing to Durant for a try at a game-winning shot, sources said.

"Unfortunately we lost, but we'll see them again at least three more times and that'll be different", Klay Thompson said. The tension is understood to have continued in the locker room after the game. We've got your back. The words do look a lot like "that's why I'm out", but we'll leave that for you to decide. When the game is on the line, Durant is at his best.

Durant signed with the Warriors in the summer of 2016 and has since gone on to win two championships and two Finals MVP awards after spending the previous nine years with the SuperSonics/Thunder.

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