Draymond Green has served his one-game suspension and the Warriors still beat the Hawks in Atlanta, even without an injured Stephen Curry.
But the drama in the Golden State is far from over, with the dissension between Green and Kevin Durant.
Video Surfaced in a tweet from Bleacher Report The middle of the dust-up between the two warriors in Monday's loss to the Clippers, which Durant apparently said to himself, "That's why I'm out."
SEE BELOW: THE ONE WORD THAT GOT DRAYMOND SUSPENDED
And according to a report in The Athletic, Durant – a free agent and a certain Knicks target this off-season – may already have made up his mind to leave this season.
"With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back," one player, granted anonymity, told the site. "The only hope is that they can do this summer," See, KD. We've got your back. We protected you from Draymond. ''
He has been working for a couple of years now. He has been working for a couple of years now. He has been playing for a while.
"If we thought that was the right thing to do, we would have," one front-office executive told The Athletic of the penalty. "We have to do what we think is right."
Green drew the suspension for reportedly calling Durant a "bitch" repeatedly following the defeat in Los Angeles. He was punished for "conduct detrimental to the team," according to Yahoo Sports.
The two jawed after Durant yelled at Green, obviously displeased that Green did not pass the ball to a rebound by Green that set up the final possession of regulation in a tie game.
Green turned the ball over and the Warriors did not get a shot off before losing in OT.
Afterwards, Green reportedly defended his right to bring the ball to the court, as he fought into the locker room, with the Athletic reporting that Green then brought up Durant's impending free agency and the team's annoyance that Durant continues to let the subject linger instead of insisting on focusing on this season.
I am sure we will. "Durant, asked following the win in Atlanta if he and Green had been able to" hash anything out, "responded," Nah, "I'm sure we will. Got a long season ahead. "
But he declines to go into details about what transpired between the two.
"I'm going to keep that in-house," Durant said. "That's what we do here. Obviously, I know you guys [in the media] I got a job to do, but I'm not trying to give [anybody any] headlines. What happened, happened. We're trying to move on [and] play basketball. "
Durant also declined to say whether he was surprised Green got suspended.
"I was just focused on the game," Durant said. "I did not really care either way."
Kerr sounded more optimistic.
"I think we'll be fine," Kerr said after the victory. "We're a team that goes through stuff, just like everybody else. And things happen, bumps in the road. You've got to move forward. It's all part of a coaching team, it's all part of being a team. You have to get through the adversity and there are some difficult times and you just get through them. "
THE ONE WORD THAT GOT DRAYMOND SUSPENDED
We now know at least one word that got Draymond Green in trouble.
Kevin Durant was a "bitch" after Tuesday's (AEDT) loss against the Clippers, which gave him a discipline to discipline him, "according to Yahoo Sports.
The battles between the battles and the battles of the warriors are overturned. Green argued he had every right to bring up the ball, and the fight later extended into the locker room. The Athletic reported that Green even brought up Durant's free agency status – he can leave Golden State in the off-season – in the argument.
Warriors brass tried cooling the flames before Wednesday's 110-103 win over the Hawks after a fight that reportedly was one of the most animated in the Warriors' championship era.
Pretty terse postgame press conference from Kevin Durant. Whatever Draymond Green said yesterday clearly bothering him. Here's the transcript of the relevant portions. pic.twitter.com/9e27YWCpFZ
– Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) 14 November 2018
"I think we'll be fine," coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "We're a team that goes through stuff, just like everybody else. And things happen, bumps in the road. You've got to move forward. It's all part of a coaching team, it's all part of being a team. You have to get through the adversity and there are some difficult times and you just get through them. "
Green served a team-imposed one-game suspension Tuesday. Durant's team-high 29 points was not the focus after the game, as his postgame press conference showed him the damage between him and Green.
Durant admitted that the two had not been able to make amends, but said he expected the two to come to terms because it's a "long season."
"I was just focused on the game," Durant said when asked if he was surprised about the suspension. "I did not really care either way. I was just trying to finish this back-to-back off. "
Whether this marks the beginning of the end of the Warriors dynasty, a super-team that has won three NBA championships in four years, remains unknown.
One thing that it has not affected: Durant's free agency status, according to Kerr.
"Not the slightest bit. Kevin's free agency. It does not bother any of us. This is the NBA. There are guys that are either under contract or are upcoming free agents. It's the business, "Kerr said. "We are focused on this year. I did not think anybody in our locker room or anyone on our coaching staff thinks twice about Kevin's free agency this summer. … We are coaching this year and we are playing this year. "
– By Kyle Schnitzer
These articles were originally appeared on The New York Post and have been reproduced with permission
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