Draymond Green Suspended for Game vs. Hawks After Kevin Durant Altercation

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 19: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors tries to calm down teammate Draymond Green #23 after a foul in the second half of a NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors suspended Draymond Green without pay for Tuesday night's game versus the Atlanta Hawks.

Green exchanged words with Kevin Durant after losing the ball just before the end of regulation Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers:

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com, the altercation carried over into the locker room.

Green reportedly "challenged" Durant about his upcoming free agency, per Shams Charania of The Athletic, and the argument remained a "simmering issue" Tuesday.

Per Haynes, Green also called Durant "a b---h" several times. The usually quiet Klay Thompson spoke up to his teammates and "stressed the importance of sticking together."

Charania added the Warriors decided Green will sit to "cool off."

Though the 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers shouldn't worry a team that is 11-3, the infighting could be a greater concern.

Durant is in his third season with Golden State and has helped the squad win the NBA title in each of the last two years, but he is still an outsider compared to the core of Green, Thompson and Stephen Curry. Green has been with the Dubs since 2012, when he was drafted 35th overall in the second round.

The Warriors have enough talent to win another championship even if the players don't have the best chemistry, but they could be in trouble if relationships get too hostile.


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