Are Kevin Durant and Draymond Green finally putting feud behind them?
The feud between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green spawned by an on-court confrontation earlier this month without question has been among the biggest storylines of the NBA season. Is is possible that the two Golden State Warriors superstars are finally ready to move on?
Given comments from both players following Thursday’s 131-128 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, it’s arguably plausible.
While the Warriors did lose, Durant blew up, posting a stat line of 51 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. After the game, Green, who has missed 10 of the Warriors’ last 12 games while nursing a right toe injury, praised Durant for the performance.
“To see him obviously stepping up to the plate and carrying the load like that, the scoring load like he is, he’s been spectacular to watch,” Green said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “And obviously doing it in KD fashion: efficient, within the game. It’s been really, really special to watch and obviously comes at a much-needed time for us.”
Durant, meanwhile, argued the feud was not a big deal in the first place in comments to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
“It’s just crazy how we have so much success here that a lot of people don’t realize that this is usually what happens in the NBA,” Durant said. “It may not happen to the Warriors the last four years. But it happens. It happens to every team in the NBA.”
Given both Durant and Green appeared unwilling to put the situation behind them when provided an opportunity, Thursday night’s comments certainly appear to be another positive step, especially given how things already appeared to be at least trending that way in recent weeks.
The Durant-Green feud seemingly exposed fissures developing in the Warriors’ solid foundation. That said, if the two superstars continue to exhibit that the ugly situation is behind them will help the Warriors reset after a relatively rough start to the season and focus on the task at hand, which is building towards a fifth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals and a fourth title in the same span.