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Draymond Green, Kevin Durant's history of heated exchanges as Warriors

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant's history of heated exchanges as Warriors

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have been here before. Long before they were Warriors teammates, though, they were friends off the court.

History shows Green played a vital role in convincing Durant to join the Warriors. But will Green now play a vital role in the Durant era ending in Golden State?

It's important to note the tiff between the teammates in Monday's overtime loss to the Clippers isn't the first time they have squabbled since Durant joined the Warriors. Each time, however, the intensity seems to increase. This time, Green crossed the line and cost himself more than $120,000 for a one-game suspension from the team.

Let's look back at the history of these two having on-court arguments as teammates the past three seasons.

Jan. 6, 2017

In Year 1 of Durant as a Warrior, Green laid into him late in a game where the team blew a 24-point lead against the Grizzlies. Durant had Zach Randolph in a 1-on-1 situation and instead of driving to the hoop against the lumbering big man, he settled for a missed 3-pointer in the 128-119 defeat.

Green wanted to use this is a teaching moment of the Warriors' offense and got on Durant for his poor decision.

This was the first time we saw Draymond visibly upset with Durant as teammates. And the newcomer had no issues with what happened.

“It wasn’t an argument at all. It wasn’t a disagreement," Durant told reporters the next day. "I felt like Draymond was emotional and something was bothering him, and he came and talked to me. He always can talk to me.

"I didn’t take it personally that he was using loud tones. That’s just how he is."

Feb. 5, 2017

Less than one month later, Durant and Green were back at it. And this time, Durant fired back.

In a loss to the Kings that snapped the Warriors' 13-game winning streak, the two found themselves in a heated exchange on the sideline. Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee had to play peacemaker.

Again, Durant said he believed Green did the right thing.

"I didn't have any energy as far as pressuring the ball, boxing out, getting out in transition. He (saw) that," Durant said days later. "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."

Nov. 12, 2018

In the final seconds of regulation in the Warriors' 121-116 overtime loss to the Clippers, Durant wanted to ball in his hands for the last shot. Green wanted the ball in his hands to push it down the court. The result: Draymond stumbling, and no shot before the final buzzer.

And then, this.

This was by far their most heated exchange since Durant and Green became teammates. The Warriors felt it was so bad that Green had to be suspended one game without pay.

Nov. 13, 2018

Sometimes, body language tells the whole story. If you watched Kevin Durant's press conference after the Warriors' 110-103 win over the Hawks, his face clearly showed he wasn't over what transpired with Green.

When asked if he's hashed things over with Draymond, Durant had one word: "Nah."

This story isn't ending any time soon.

Steph Curry blames LA Kings for slip on breakaway dunk vs. Clippers

Steph Curry blames LA Kings for slip on breakaway dunk vs. Clippers

For just one moment, Steph Curry showed he was human.

Late on the third quarter on Monday night, and with the Warriors firmly in control against the Lakers, Curry intercepted a pass and had an uncontested layup or dunk in front of him.

Then something weird happened. As he tried to plant his feet, Curry slipped and lost the ball. Andre Iguodala raced down, collected the ball and handed back to Curry, who airballed a 3-pointer. It was the ultimate blooper for one of the world's best basketball players.

A night after the embarrassing moment, Curry went on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and of course, the slip and airball came up.

"See what happened was," Curry said jokingly. "The LA Kings had a game right before us and they must not have put the floor back on top of the ice all the way, because there was a little wet spot and I slipped. in my head, I knew I was about to do something crazy, 360 dunk I've never done in my life. And it just didn't happen."

Actor Ron Funches, also a guest on the show, chimed in with a well-timed question.

"How does the ice explain the airball?" Funches asked.

Curry was left speechless.

"Touche," was all Curry could offer in response.

You can watch the whole exchange here:

How Mychal Thompson handled watching Klay score 44 points vs. Lakers

How Mychal Thompson handled watching Klay score 44 points vs. Lakers

Mychal Thompson was in a tough spot on Monday night.

His son, Klay, went off for 44 points and 10 3-pointers in the Warriors' 130-111 win over the Lakers.

Mychal just happens to be one of the Lakers radio broadcasters for 710 ESPNLA and had a front-row seat to Klay's insane night.

So how did Mychal handle calling the game while his son was putting on a show against the team he played for and now works for?

"Well, I handle it just like any other player, whether it's Steph [Curry] or [Damian] Lillard or if it's Paul George," Mychal said on Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. 'When they get into a zone, I just keep it simple and say they just gotta get to Klay or whichever player is hot and make sure you try to deny him the ball or try to get him off of his rhythm. Or I say, if a certain player is hot like Klay was last night, the team should continue to milk that player until he cools off.

"So, I just analyze it that way, whether it's Klay or any other player out there shooting the ball that well. Everybody knows he's my son and I pull for him, so I don't have to emphasize that. I just keep it straight, strictly business. If a guy is that hot, Klay or any player. Kyrie Irving, no matter who it is, you gotta find a way to keep giving him the ball, or if you're defending him, do something to get him out of his rhythm."

There have been rumors that Klay might be interested in joining the Lakers when he becomes a free agent this summer. That would make things easy on Mychal. But the former Lakers star has been quick to shoot down the idea that Klay would leave the Warriors and did so again on Tuesday.

"People think I’m exaggerating, he is in the perfect situation." Mychal said on 95.7 The Game. "You can’t ask for anything better than what the Warriors have now and going forward. So, there’s no reason to leave.”