Draymond Green benched for Tuesday's game as punishment

Draymond Green benched for Tuesday's game as punishment

The suspension without pay of Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green culminated hours of organizational conversations Tuesday in which senior leadership expressed concern over the fallout from a combustible Monday night in Los Angeles that pitted All-Star teammates, league sources told ESPN. It was noted earlier in the day that one of Green's barbs directed at Durant surrounded the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP's pending free agency.

The Warriors rally fell short in overtime as two turnovers in the final minute led to a 121-116 Clippers win.

The exchange occurred after a frenetic sequence in the Monday night National Basketball Association game (NZT Tuesday), when Durant appeared frustrated that Green did not pass him the ball at the end of regulation time.

The Golden State Warriors were a bit shorthanded Tuesday night in their home game against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, which explains why young big man Damian Jones had an extended run on the floor. He also emphasized that things like this happen all the time.

With the game tied 106-106 nearing the end of regulation, Green grabbed a rebound and decided not to call a timeout, instead dribbling into the frontcourt and failing to get a shot off as the final seconds ticked away.

ESPN reported that several teammates criticized Green for his decision to hang on to the ball rather than pass. Durant was seen clapping his hands, an apparent call for the ball.

Myers went on to say he wasn't sure if Kevin Durant and Green had spoken since the altercation. "But it was good to see some fire, some emotion".

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