The Golden State Warriors announced Tuesday that Draymond Green has been suspended for Tuesday's home game against the Atlanta Hawks for "conduct detrimental to the team."
Warriors forward Draymond Green suspended: pic.twitter.com/9XZWQ5U6V8— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 13, 2018
Green's suspension stems from a heated confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant after Monday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc. J Spears of ESPN.com.
Durant and other players confronted Green for dribbling and losing the ball in the waning seconds of regulation against the Clippers, instead of passing to Durant for a potential game-winning shot. The Warriors had closed out the fourth quarter on a 16-3 run to force overtime, but Green's gaffe prevented a chance for them to win on a buzzer beater.
The report from ESPN did note that the argument between Green and his Warrior teammates wasn't anywhere close to getting physical. However, it was said that "Green was forceful in defending himself, which helped to escalate the volume in the room."
Shaun Livingston did downplay the situation, saying it was "Just team spirit...good to see some fire, some emotion."
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game through his first 12 games. The Warriors will need his intense energy when he's eligible to return for Thursday's road game against the Houston Rockets.
What This Means
Well, Durant is expected to test free agency this offseason, while Green only has one year left on his contract after this season. The last thing Golden State needs is tension in the locker room - especially with two established stars in Green and Durant.
The Warriors can only hope that it was just a heat in the moment situation, rather than the start of a fractured relationship between Durant and Green. This dynasty will only break up if the players want such a thing to happen.
Green's suspension gives him the chance to reflect on his actions on Monday, and the Warriors can only hope that he'll return with a better mindset - and that Durant is ready to put it in the past with him.