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

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Giants second baseman Donovan Solano scores on a double in the seventh inning against the Dodgers at Oracle Park on July 29. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Will the Giants make the playoffs? Kris Bryant may be the answer

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner You’d be hard-pressed to find… Continue reading

Tiffany Carter, owner of Boug Cali West Coast Creole Shack in San Francisco’s La Cocina Marketplace, was dismayed by gentrification she found when she returned to her hometown to start a business. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF Black Wallstreet: Helping residents build wealth, reclaim spaces they’ve had to leave

Tiffany Carter moved back to her hometown of San Francisco five years… Continue reading

A prescribed fire at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was conducted in June 2016 to reduce hazardous fuel loading, increase watershed health, and restore the natural fire cycle in the Redwood Canyon area ecosystem. (Photo courtesy Rebecca Paterson/National Park Service)
Experts, UC scientists discuss wildfires in the state’s riskiest regions

Wildfires are nothing new in California’s history, but the magnitude and frequencies… Continue reading

Fourth-grade students at Lucerne Valley Elementary School don masks and Western wear for a “Walk Through California” history day during in-person instruction. (Courtesy of Krystal Nelson)
Confusion over mask mandate for California schools sparks tension between districts and parents

By Diana Lambert EdSource Shifting rules around mask mandates at schools are… Continue reading

Steven Buss, left, and Sachin Agarwal co-founded Grow SF, which plans to produce election voter guides offering a moderate agenda. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Grow SF: New tech group aims to promote moderate ideals to political newcomers

Sachin Agarwal has lived in San Francisco for 15 years. But the… Continue reading

Most Read