Kevin Durant is sure he will resolve any issue with Warriors teammate Draymond Green in the future but refused Tuesday night to go into the specifics over what happened between the pair.
Green, a three-time All-Star, was suspended for Tuesday’s 110-103 victory over the Hawks for “conduct detrimental to the team,” but Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, is sure the team will get it affairs in order.
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Asked if he felt the situation with Green could be resolved, Durant said: “I’m sure it will. We’ve got a long season ahead.”
However, he refused to expand on what exactly took place between the two.
“I’m gonna keep that in-house. That’s what we do here,” Durant said.
“I mean, obviously I know you guys got a job to do, but I’m not trying to give nobody no headlines. What happened, happened. We’re trying to move on — just trying to play basketball.”
Green and Durant had a heated exchange at the end of regulation Monday against the Clippers, with Green having failed to get a shot off after losing possession on the final play.
It was reported the confrontation continued in the locker room after a 121-116 overtime loss, though coach Steve Kerr denied claims Green questioned Durant about his impending free agency.
Durant said he “didn’t really care either way” about Green’s suspension Tuesday but admitted it felt strange not to be competing alongside him.
“His presence has been a part of this team for a while — even before I got here. He’s been a huge staple in this organization. So, obviously it’s definitely weird not having him around,” he said.
“And just … everything that went down. But that’s what happens. Sh— happens in the NBA. I just try to do my best to move on and be a basketball player.
“I don’t got nothing else to do but to be the best player I can be every single day. I try not to worry about nothing else.”
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Kerr was pleased with how professionally the reigning NBA champions, who were also without Stephen Curry due to injury, dealt with the situation on Tuesday.
“Proud of them. Not an easy game with a back-to-back. Just coming in a little fatigued, a little emotionally spent and we had to grind it out,” Kerr said. “Proud of the guys. It wasn’t our best game, but it was a good effort and we stayed solid.”