The suspension without pay of Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green culminated hours of organizational conversations Tuesday in which senior leadership expressed concern over the fallout from a combustible Monday night in Los Angeles that pitted All-Star teammates, league sources told ESPN. Durant clearly wanted the ball so he could make something happen for the final shot, but Green chose to keep it and ended up dribbling himself into trouble.
The Warriors are 8-2 in their last 10 games and host the Atlanta Hawks today. While they may seem like a united front on the court at nearly all times, opinions and how they see situations can still be wildly different, as evidenced by how Green blew up over Durant.
Even then, there's possibly more to the story.
Durant and Green argued on the sideline during a timeout shortly afterward.
One of them is the notion that what Green said to Durant during their altercation on Monday night was bad enough that the latter won't be returning to Golden State following this season.
A statement from the National Basketball Association champions said Green had been issued with the sanction for "conduct detrimental to the team".
With Kevin Durant calling for the ball, Green instead dribbled the length of the court into traffic and lost control as the Warriors failed to get a shot off. "This team has done a good job of that", Myers said. Perhaps Green, who had six points on 3-for-9 shooting, was trying to draw in the defense to kick out to a teammate, but either way it looks like Durant wasn't too happy about it. Could Durant team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles to form a super power?
For Green, his frustration boiled over on Durant during the game as Green and several other players on the Warriors believe Durant will be leaving in free agency next summer and the group is "low-key" unhappy with how Durant has handled his upcoming free agency.
However, the bitter scenes between Green and Durant didn't just carry over from the court into the huddle between regulation and overtime of their loss - it spilled into the locker room. We've got your back.
You can check out the posts from Draymond's mom, as well as KD's brother's two cents, in the posts embedded below.
The Rockets, who have been slow to start this season with only 6 wins against 7 defeats, relied on a strong all-round offensive display to polish off Denver, third in the Western Conference on 9-5.