On Tuesday, November 13th, the Warriors took the floor against the Atlanta Hawks missing one of their all-stars: Draymond Green. Green was apparently suspended following an intense argument that ensued between himself and the former MVP, Kevin Durant. This altercation began in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers the previous Monday night. Green obtained the defensive rebound but ended up losing possession at half-court, causing the game to continue into overtime. Durant was not happy about this, claiming that he was open and shouting for the ball to be in his possession. Not to mention, Durant ended the game with a triple-double, having earned 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It is possible he would have finished the game right then and there.
Durant had some words to say to Draymond, which didn’t go well with Green. Their argument followed them all the way into the locker room and was not settled there.
Some sources believe that Durant’s free agency approaching this summer was also a playing factor in this argument. Although Steve Kerr, the head coach for the Golden State Warriors, claims that this has never been a prevalent issue or brought up for that matter, the loss of this nine-time NBA all-star can affect the team significantly. However, Kerr says, “This is the NBA. There’s guys either under contract, they’re upcoming coming free agents. It’s the business. We’re focused on this year. I don’t think anybody in our locker room, anybody on our coaching staff, thinks twice about Kevin’s free agency this summer. That’s next summer. We’re coaching this year, we’re playing this year.” Despite all of this, the Warriors still managed to pull through with a win against the Atlanta Hawks with a score of 110-103.
By: Katalina de Leon’19, Features Editor