During the week, Golden State Warriors suffered a 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
They weren’t on some sort of Unbeaten run before this game. They had lost a game before. So it wasn’t the loss that made the headlines.
It was what happened during the loss.
Durant yelled at Green at the end of regulation time for not giving him the ball on the game-deciding possession, as Green raced up the floor and tripped, losing possession of the ball.
During the break that followed, Green shouted at Durant throughout the team’s huddle. Both players eventually had to be separated by their teammates.
According to ESPN, the misunderstanding carried over into the Warriors locker room. There, the team got into an exchange that was “one of the most intense of this Warriors era.” In another report, it was mentioned that the players didn’t need to be separated and it never threatened to turn physical.
For a team that has looked the envy of the entire franchise, this may end up being a huge blow.
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As with all scrambles that happen in sport teams, there are many sides to the report. And this one is not excluded. Kevin Durant’s impending free agency is one of the reasons being mentioned as the cause of the brawl.
Green challenged Durant on the issue, according to reports, as teammates confronted Green about his late-game physical. This was one issue that the Warriors had been dealing with since Tuesday.
Durant can become a free agent at the end of the season and his intentions this coming summer are unknown, even to those close to him. Durant has not confirmed that he will re-sign with the Warriors but hasn’t suggested he would leave, either.
With five losses this season (joint lowest in the Western Conference), they are still top of the conference.
After their loss to LA Clippers, the Warriors have since played three games. They were only able to win against Atlanta Hawks. The games against Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks ended in losses.
In other words, before the drama in the Clippers game, the Warriors had only lost two games. That’s two losses in 13 games. After the melee between two of their most important players, they have now suffered 3 losses in the last four games.
Apparently, there’s plenty to ponder on for Steve Kerr’, Steph Curry and co. The Warriors are looking to add to the two straight NBA title they won. And that three-peat may be on the line with this unsettling drama in the Warriors’ camp.
They may still be top of the conference but it’s only a matter of time if they don’t catch this slide.
Are the Warriors in trouble already? Is there any coming back from this? Must one of these players leave before the Warriors survive?
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