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Did Kevin Durant say ‘That’s why I’m out’ after dust-up with Draymond Green?

The confrontation between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green during Monday night’s 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers was the talk of the NBA on Tuesday.

The fallout seemed to reach some semblance of conclusion, relatively speaking, when Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that the Golden State Warriors would suspend Green for Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena.

As every detail related to the on-court dust-up was parsed and analyzed, footage now appears to show how Durant possibly said “That’s why I’m out” as the Warriors returned to the court for the overtime session.

What seemed to prompt the animosity between Durant and Green came at the end of regulation. After grabbing a rebound, Green brought the ball up the court as Durant clapped his hands to call for the ball. Green instead lost possession without any Warriors player attempting a shot.

As the Warriors returned to the bench, tempers flared and Green and Durant had to be separated, with a Yahoo Sports report suggesting Green called Durant an “expletive” several times in the huddle.

Footage culled from the situation certainly appears to show Durant muttering “That’s why I’m out” as the Warriors returned to the floor.

The incidents on the court only served as a prelude to later tension, as Warriors players were said to have “loudly” confronted Green over not passing the ball at the end of regulation. Green reportedly escalated the situation by being “forceful” in his defense.

All the drama that unfolded Monday night occurred amid the backdrop of Durant’s impending free agency being characterized as a “simmering issue” for the Warriors of late, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The notion that Durant’s uncertain future could be the source of frustration among his Warriors teammates does not necessarily come as a surprise, especially given one Warriors insider believes Durant is as good as gone after the season.