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Golden State Warriors All-Star forwards Draymond Green and Kevin Durant exchanged words in the huddle during Monday’s overtime road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, and the end-of-game confrontation spilled over into the locker room, according to a report from ESPN.
The issue appeared to have stemmed from a play at the end of regulation, when Green grabbed a rebound, dribbled up the floor and committed a turnover while a wide-open Durant called for the ball with the game tied.
The two became testy in the huddle afterward, with injured center DeMarcus Cousins calmly talking to Green and separating Green from Durant. At that point, the matter seemed settled as the Warriors went on to play for five more minutes before falling in OT.
Such was not the case, according to ESPN.
“Durant’s impending free agency heightens the sensitivity of the turmoil,” ESPN reported. “The organization is taking seriously the fallout of Monday night’s confrontation, spending Tuesday working through the issues that may have been created — or even advanced — within the team’s dynamic, league sources said.”
Sources: In midst of verbal exchange on court late in Monday's game, Draymond Green challenged Kevin Durant about Durant's impending free agency. As teammates came at Green about his turnover, he responded. This has been a simmering issue for the Warriors today.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 13, 2018
The emotional, passionate Green has been involved in dust-ups with teammates and the coaching staff before, and while this looked a little more serious, it generally takes a lot more to rattle the two-time defending champion Warriors.
“Just team spirit,” Warriors guard Shaun Livingston told reporters. “Team spirit. Guys wanted a different outcome than what happened. Obviously, Dray had the turnover, guys might have thought they were open or wanted the basketball, didn’t get it. Things happen like that in sports. But it was good to see some fire, some emotion.”
The Warriors face the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at home.