We saw yesterday that it's not all butterflies and rainbows for the Golden State Warriors. Just like all teams, the defending Champs are facing challenges as they hope to etch their names into basketball immortality.
Unlike most other teams, the Warriors this year are fighting like it's their last season together. With upcoming free-agency decisions approaching for Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, there's a certain level of angst the team isn't used to facing this time of year.
And in their verbal exchange yesterday, those feelings of angst were made well known.
(via Shams Charania)
Sources: In midst of verbal exchange on court late in Monday's game, Draymond Green challenged Kevin Durant about Durant's impending free agency. As teammates came at Green about his turnover, he responded. This has been a simmering issue for the Warriors today.
But that's not all.
While the two went at each other Draymond called Durant a b****, a slip that he'll probably come to regret.
Because according to Adrian Wojnarowski, it was enough for a suspension.
Additionally, a usually quiet Klay spoke up after the game about the issue, surprising his teammates.
(via Chris Haynes)
Klay Thompson, who is typically reserved, spoke up in the locker room to the surprise of his teammates about the altercation and stressed the importance of sticking together, sources said.
Obviously, this type of behavior is nothing new for Draymond, but it might cost him this time. In what could be the team's last season together, the margin for error is thin if they want to win it all one more time.
We're seeing cracks and holes in their game, and for the first time in four seasons, internal struggles may be the team's biggest setback. There may be no going back, either.
In a season with so many unexpected turns, this Warrior's instability may be the most surprising of them all. It'll be interesting to see how they respond.