The Golden State Warriors went into overtime of their

night matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the worst way possible: with
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green arguing so intensely ,
they had to be separated by teammates. It took DeMarcus Cousins and Andre
Iguodala to cool the duo off. The Warriors eventually lost in overtime, 121-116.
Now, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Durant-Green drama spilled
into the locker room with “teammates loudly confronting Green” for his
decision-making on the final play of the fourth-quarter — one where he grabbed a
rebound and dribbled the length of the floor before losing the ball as the
buzzer sounded.Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported that Green repeatedly called Durant
a “bitch.” It’s a situation the Warriors are working through, and one that has
cast a cloud over a championship organization. Especially now, with The
Athletic’s Shams Charania reporting that Green mentioned Durant’s looming free
agency during their argument on the sideline.The Warriors have suspended Green
for the team’s Tuesday night game vs. the Hawks without pay, per Wojnarowski.
What happened?The Warriors trailed by 13 midway through the fourth quarter. That
was, until Golden State went on one of its trademark scoring barrages to close
the gap within minutes.Durant was at the center of Golden State’s run. He only
scored five points in the final six minutes of the period, but also raked in
three assists, including the two dimes to Klay Thompson that cut the deficit to
five, then subsequently tied the game at 106.With the game on the line and the
chance to win in their hands, the Clippers gave the ball to Lou Williams, and
Andre Iguodala got the stop, forcing Sweet Lou into a fadeaway long two.And then
things got intenseOff Williams’ miss, the ball fell between Durant and Green.
You could say it was slightly closer to Durant, but Green was in range to grab
the rebound as well. Some say Green “stole” this rebound from Durant. While
Durant presumably could have grabbed the rebound and dribbled up-court, that’s
not really what matters. What matters is what happens nextGreen decided to push
the ball up-court instead of giving the ball to the league’s most feared scorer,
who is clapping his hands demanding the rock. Klay Thompson also signals for the
ball, but when it becomes clear Green isn’t giving it up Robert
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, Thompson opts to fill his lane and sprint up the
right side of the floor.This is typical of Green. He’s a point forward, in every
sense of the phrase. He often pushes the ball and the pace for the Warriors.
Many also pointed to Steve Kerr’s decision not to call a timeout, but that’s
typical of him, too. He’d rather his offense score against a rattled defense
than one that’s already set up. It makes sense.Green keeping the ball on this
play doesn’t. He’s not a scorer, and it’s unclear what his game plan was here
with fewer than five seconds left, especially with the entire distance of the
floor to cover.He dribbled into traffic, as if he were attempting to go
coast-to-coast, and Williams knocked the ball out of his hands. Green went
diving for the loose ball, but it was too late. The buzzer had sounded. Golden
State and Los Angeles were headed to overtime, and the Warriors didn’t even get
a shot off.And Durant was pissed about it.There’s no audio on any footage of
Durant and Green’s argument, but you can see him slamming his chest and
mouthing, “Give me the damn ball!” He’s saying it for a good reason: The
Warriors brought Durant to Golden State for this very reason. When the game is
on the line, Durant is at his best. It’s why he won NBA Finals MVP two seasons
in a row. The man is ice-cold in the clutch. Why not give him the ball? It makes
all the sense in the world. The thing is, you can’t really make out a single
word of what Green is saying to Durant, and at one point in their argument, you
can see Durant shaking his head and smiling while Green is talking. When someone
smiles during an argument, it’s never a good sign. You can also see Durant tell
Iguodala, “I’m just trying to play basketball Authentic
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,” as if he were over the situation entirely.As
for Green, it took none other than DeMarcus Cousins to cool him off. You can see
Cousins repeatedly tell Green, “Lock in.”This has happened beforeGreen and
Durant got into an animated discussion on the court in Durant’s first season
with the Warriors during a Jan. 6 loss to the Grizzlies. The Warriors blew a
20-point lead that night, and Green was livid.That argument stemmed from Durant
opting to isolate on offense instead of moving the ball and creating offense for
the entire team.NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole wrote that Green used that
moment as a teaching lesson for Durant, who was still learning his way through
what the Warriors wanted to do in different situations. He’d been tasked with a
heavy load of iso-ball in his years in Oklahoma City. Life in Golden State was
different.But we’re now in Year 3, and Durant knows his role, as does everyone
else. Durant’s role normally is to close out games when the team needs a basket
down the stretch. Green took matters into his own hands, subsequently costing
his team an opportunity at a game-winner in the fourth quarter.Durant and Green
also got into a heated argument on the sidelines during a February 2017
Warriors’ loss to the Kings, though according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater,
they watched the Super Bowl together the next day.OK, so what does all of this
mean?First of all, the Warriors miss Stephen Curry a whole lot. He’s only missed
two games with a groin injury, but this team is night and day without him.Curry
isn’t just Golden State’s leader on offense; he’s their emotional leader, too.
Had he been on the court, the ball would have certainly made its way into his
hands; and you can argue the Warriors wouldn’t have been in this predicament in
the first place.But this was a really bad look for a really good team, even if
disagreements in the heat of the moment can be like this. Good teams shake off
drama, and the Warriors are the standard of NBA excellence. Shaun Livingston
called the exchange “just team spirit” after the game.“Team spirit. Guys wanted
a different outcome than what happened,” he said. “Obviously Youth
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, Dray had the turnover, guys might have thought
they were open or wanted the basketball, didn’t get it. Things happen like that
in sports. But it was good to see some fire, some emotion.”The Athletic’s
Anthony Slater also reported that the locker room drama stemmed less from
Green’s fumble of the final possession and more from his refusal to accept
responsibility for the play.But this felt uglier than your average inner-team
tension.It’s looking more and more likely that Durant is leaving Golden State
this summer. The hints have been all over, from his reluctance to committing
long-term, to his brother’s comments under his Instagram posts. Green chucking
that last possession and the subsequent fallout only douses Durant’s looming
free agency in lighter fluid.After all, Durant left the locker room after
Monday’s loss quietly without speaking to any reporters. Golden State’s biggest
fear might be him leaving them in free agency the same way.Falcons vs.
Buccaneers odds: Atlanta’s the favorite at home in Week 6 Atlanta’s on quite a
run, and not the good kind. It says a lot about the perception of both the
Falcons and the Buccaneers that they’re still favored to win this week, by
however small a margin. The Falcons are a field goal favorite against Tampa Bay,
a 2-2 team with one impressive win (48-40 over the Saints in Week 1), one
increasingly less impressive win (27-21 against the Eagles in Week 2), one
narrow loss (30-27 against the Steelers in Week 3) and one absolute beatdown
(48-10 by the Bears in Week 4). They’re fresh off a bye, but they remain one of
the NFL’s true enigmas, even in this weird year.Is this a Bucs team that has
turned the corner but still has major problems on defense, or are they a
pretender who rode two hot weeks from Ryan Fitzpatrick into a solid start to the
season? We don’t know the answer to that—though I’d guess the latter—but this
game against Atlanta ought to help clarify things. One thing is evident: The way
Jameis Winston has played against this team before, and Tampa Bay’s defensive
weakness, means that this turning into anything but a shootout or an Atlanta
blowout means big trouble for the Falcons. We’ll see if they can finally start
to right the ship now that they’re 1-4.
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