Report: Teammates ‘loudly’ confronted Draymond Green after Monday’s loss
It sounds like an on-court confrontation between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant during Monday night’s 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers served merely as a prelude to things to come.
Golden State Warriors players are said to have “loudly confronted” Green in the locker room after the loss, per a tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, in which it’s noted that the scene was “one of the most intense” of the Warriors’ championship era.
Story with @MarcJSpearsESPN and me: Late game exchange between Kevin Durant/Draymond Green carried into locker room Monday night, w/ teammates loudly confronting Green for decision-making on final play of regulation. Scene described as one of most intense of this G-State era.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 13, 2018
The scene that preceded the purported locker room confrontation came at the close of regulation. After grabbing a rebound, Green brought the ball up the court as Durant clapped his hands in an attempt to call for the ball. Green instead lost control without any Warriors player attempting a shot.
What was Draymond's plan here? pic.twitter.com/rCkKERPhoz
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) November 13, 2018
Durant and Green then engaged in a heated conversation on the bench. Neither Durant nor Green were inclined to discuss the content of the spat after the game.
Just a casual chat between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant on the #Warriors bench at the end of regulation tonight pic.twitter.com/fiwEM6KNsA
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 13, 2018
And things evidently escalated from there behind closed doors. A report from Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears indicates teammates did argue with Green over his approach in the waning moments of regulation. Green is said to have been “forceful” while defending himself, further adding to the chaotic nature of the confrontation.
The Warriors are said to be attempting to handle the situation and nip any residual animosity in the bud in the aftermath of Monday’s drama.
Such a tense situation breaking out is never a good thing, but if the Warriors keep it in-house and don’t allow the situation to fester there’s obviously no reason a team with such strong leadership cannot overcome it and leave the drama in the past.