OAKLAND, CA - OCT 24: Forward Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defends against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of the game on October 24, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND, CA - OCT 24: Forward Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defends against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter of the game on October 24, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Draymond Green suspended by Golden State Warriors for argument with Kevin Durant

Following a tense on-court confrontation with Kevin Durant at the end of regulation play in a Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and a reported locker room shouting match between the two after the game, the Golden State Warriors have suspended forward Draymond Green for Tuesday night’s home game against the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Green was suspended, according to a team release, for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

At the end of the fourth quarter agains the Los Angeles Clippers, having come back to tie the game at 106-106, the Warriors had possession off a rebound, and Green dribbled the basketball up the court. Instead of passing to an open Durant, Green lost the handle as the fourth quarter ended.

During the break between regulation and overtime, Durant and Green were seen arguing with one another by television cameras, before being separated by Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins.  The Warriors lost, 121-116, their second defeat in the last three games.

As has been reported by ESPN, the tension carried over into the locker room, with Durant leaving early and a shouting match occurring between Green and his teammates.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant cited Durant’s impending free agency — he signed a one-and-one deal with Golden State in July after opting out of the final year of his contract this past spring — during the spat. Durant can once again opt out at the end of this season.

Durant — in his third season with the Warriors — has had a complicated relationship with Green, the fiery emotional heart of Golden State’s three title teams over the last four seasons.

Green was one of the players who headed to the Hamptons in the summer of 2016 to recruit Durant. After Durant scored 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting in a Western Conference semifinals loss to the New Orleans Pelicans last May, Green told ESPN he was up all night watching film. At 4 a.m., he texted Durant in order to challenge him to be better.

Durant responded with three words: “I got you.” The next game, Golden State rode Durant’s 38 points to a 26-point Game 4 win.

General manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr will both address the media before Tuesday night’s game.Draymond GreenGolden State WarriorsKevin DurantNBA

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