Golden State Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated confrontation following the team's 121-116 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
According to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears, Green and Durant got into a verbal argument that witnesses described "as one of the most intense of this Warriors era."
The argument stemmed from Green keeping grabbing a defensive rebound and keeping the ball before losing control at the end of the fourth quarter. Per Wojnarowski and Spears, teammates argued with Green for not "passing to Durant for a try at a game-winning shot."
The Warriors wound up losing in overtime, and that's where things got heated in the locker room. However, the ESPN report did outline that there weren't any signs of things getting physical, but they did note that "Green was forceful in his defense of himself, which helped to escalate the volume in the room."
Trailing 103-90 with 6:08 left, the Warriors closed out the fourth quarter on a 16-3 run to force overtime. Perhaps the fact they were so close to a miraculous win is a reason why Durant and the Warriors were angry at Green more than anything else. Had it been a close game throughout, maybe there wouldn't have been as much tension in the locker room.
With the loss, the Warriors fall to 11-3 on the season, which is still good enough for first in the Western Conference. The Clippers move to 8-5 - tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for fourth in the West.
What This Means
It might just be one giant blowup and nothing else. Per ESPN, point guard Shaun Livingston said the situation was "Just team spirit," and "it was good to see some fire, some emotion."
But as ESPN outlined, Durant is a free agent after this season, so it does add a little more drama here. Is KD simply fed up in Golden State? If he and Green aren't getting along, could the Warriors be forced to move on from one of them?
Just because the Warriors have won the last two NBA Championships, it doesn't mean everybody in the locker room will get along. Durant and Green are two great players, but if the egos are going to clash, then a three-peat gets more difficult.
We'll wait and see if this confrontation was just a one-off, or if Durant and Green are really starting to see a fracture in their working relationship.