Klay Thompson speaks out on Draymond Green and Kevin Durant’s relationship
Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson spoke to reporters about the Kevin Durant and Draymond Green saga following their 110-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The drama has been a dark cloud for the Warriors over the past 24 hours, but the spitfire guard thinks the two will eventually work things out, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News.
“They’re grown. They’ll be fine. I love both those guys. At the end of the day, we’re on the same team, with the same goal and that’s to three-peat. And I don’t think either of them will lose sight of that.”
Thompson also managed to add some jest to the situation, saying that a little win streak will eventually put this in the past, “like a ponytail.”
Golden State started on the right note after taking care of the Atlanta Hawks at home. But it wasn’t an easy cruise for the defending champions, who were missing two of their four All-Stars. Green was suspended by the Warriors due to “conduct detrimental to the team” following his altercation with the two-time Finals MVP. They were also without Stephen Curry, who is still recovering from an adductor strain.
The Warriors clearly felt their absences as they started off slow and trailed 52-49 at the half. But they were able to find their groove in the second half and were able to take control of the contest the rest of the way.
Durant didn’t seem too bothered by his rift with Green as he paced Golden State with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists on 9-of-23 shooting. Klay Thompson also helped carry the offensive load, scoring 24 points and draining 3 three-pointers on the night.
Nonetheless, this may just be a small wrinkle on the Warriors’ story this season. Thompson did assure that the two are still on the same page and still have their sights set on the three-peat.
It remains to be seen how this will affect the Warriors’ play on the court as Green is set to return to action on their next outing. The Warriors will certainly have their work cut out for them as they face the Houston Rockets on Thursday in what is sure to be a mega showdown of last year’s Western Conference Finals.