Last Saturday night in Sacramento, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant had a heated exchange during a timeout.
After Wednesday night's game against the Bulls, Durant was asked how Draymond's words impact him on the floor.
"The Draymond thing -- I didn't even know that was a big deal until he came into the locker room and told me about it today," Durant answered. "I didn't have any energy as far as pressuring the ball, boxing out, getting out in transition. He (saw) that. And as a teammate, you can just let me be in the clouds or you can bring me back down, and I think he did a good job.
"We went back and forth there and that kind of got me going. I had three or four blocks in the fourth quarter. I didn't score well but I think defensively I was there for the team and made plays on the offensive end ... he (saw) me kind of drifting the other way and whatever that was we had, it helped. And it felt like it was planned (laughter) ... sometimes you need that. It's a long season ... it was good for me."
On Tuesday, Draymond opened up about what transpired against the Kings.
“It was actually a tactic. But that’s for us to know and everyone else to figure out.”
In the loss to Sacramento, Durant registered his worst game of the season -- 10 points and two assists on 2-for-10 shooting, including 0-for-6 from 3-point territory.
On Wednesday against Chicago, the 2013-14 NBA MVP racked up 22 points (9-for-16 FG), 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
"I took 10 shots and six of them were 3s last game," Durant told reporters after the win over the Bulls. "I wasn't aggressive at all. I feel like teams want me to stay outside the 3-point line. When I get inside of it, I feel like I'm even more dangerous, even if I'm missing. I just try to be aggressive, get downhill, make plays for teammates. Just play my game.
"I'm glad I went through having that little stretch in Sac -- a small little stretch -- to kind of help me out tonight. I felt great. I felt like I was rushing early on. I missed a few. But for the most part, I liked my aggressiveness."