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Report: Draymond Green intentionally tried to provoke Kevin Durant with ‘f--- you’, winked at teammates afterward

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OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 12: Kevin Durant #35 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors smile as the run back down court during their game against the Detroit Pistons at ORACLE Arena on January 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Draymond Green described his apparent argument with Kevin Durant during Saturday’s Warriors-Kings game as a “tactic,” though Green was purposefully vague publicly.

That might not have been Green’s only purposeful move.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN that Green, trying to use reverse psychology, intentionally and aggressively approached Durant with a bevy of choice words during a break in Saturday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.
“F--- you” obscenities were repeatedly tossed back and forth by both players, sources told ESPN. Durant was enraged. Sources said Green, knowing he had accomplished his goal, began winking and smiling at some of his teammates and coaching staff.

That’d be a heck of a tactic.

Know what else would be a great tactic? Leaking a story that distracts from an actual spat you want out of the harsh spotlight.