Warriors suspend Draymond Green for game vs. Hawks after confrontation with Kevin Durant
Green and Durant got into an argument in the locker room following Monday night's loss to the Clippers
Draymond Green will not play in the Golden State Warriors' matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. The team's defensive stalwart is not injured -- though he did recently miss some time with a toe injury -- but the organization and head coach Steve Kerr believes he needs some time to "cool off."
The Warriors later confirmed that Green will be suspended for Tuesday night's game due to "conduct detrimental to the team."
In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter against the Clippers on Monday night, Green grabbed a rebound and decided to push the ball up court instead of passing it to Kevin Durant, who repeatedly called for the ball. Green then lost control of the ball, and the buzzer sounded without the Warriors getting up a potential game-winning shot. They went on to lose the game in overtime, and afterward, Green and Durant in the locker room.
According to a report from Chris Haynes, the Warriors believe Green went too far with his criticism of Durant. Via Yahoo Sports:
Green repeatedly called Durant "a b----" after he was called out by the two-time NBA Finals MVP in the huddle for not passing him the ball, sources said. The organization is of the belief that Green cut too deep in his disagreement with Durant, sources said.
Klay Thompson, who is typically reserved, spoke up in the locker room to the surprise of his teammates about the altercation and stressed the importance of sticking together, sources said.
It is not yet clear how the Warriors will explain Green's benching, considering it stemmed from a verbal altercation between two teammates.
This is not the first time that Durant and Green have had their differences, nor the first time that Green had has an emotional outburst. But the fact that the Warriors felt the need to suspend him for a game shows that he clearly crossed a line on Monday night.
A short time after the suspension was announced, Warriors GM Bob Myers held a press conference to address the decision. He was reserved in his comments, declining to go into specifics on the specific reason Green was suspended. He did, however, make it clear that this was a "organizational decision," and Durant had nothing to do with it.
Finally, Myers said he was unsure whether or not Green and Durant had talked since Monday night, but added that he's confident they'll figure everything out.
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