War­ring War­riors?

Green plays down heated mo­ment with Du­rant

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Dray­mond Green ap­proached Kevin Du­rant near the end of Golden State’s bench and quickly their dis­cus­sion es­ca­lated into a heated dis­pute, both play­ers punc­tu­at­ing their points with demon­stra­tions. While the rest of the War­riors watched, a team­mate even­tu­ally came over to keep the peace.

That flap dur­ing Satur­day’s over­time loss at Sacra­mento wasn’t the first between the All Stars, ei­ther.

War­ring War­riors? Naw, no worries about a fam­ily feud for the NBA’s top team.

Green in­sists that’s all part of it from time to time and there is never any harm in­tended. Coach Steve Kerr con­sid­ers it healthy and a pos­i­tive once in a while.

“If you can’t, you’re prob­a­bly on a los­ing team,’’ the fiery Green said Tues­day. “But ev­ery­body who makes a big deal out of it prob­a­bly are losers. That’s how I view it. Any­one who knows any­thing about win­ning knows that that’s go­ing to hap­pen.’’

Green and Du­rant squab­bled on the court late in the third quar­ter af­ter a mix-up led to a shot-clock vi­o­la­tion. Soon af­ter, Green could be seen on video walk­ing to­ward Du­rant and yelling from close range while rais­ing his hands in the air.

Green then took a seat on the bench and Du­rant came over to con­tinue their ar­gu­ment, with Shaun Liv­ingston play­ing peace­maker.

“We know it’s re­ally noth­ing. It’s con­struc­tive to try to un­der­stand how we’re go­ing to get bet­ter,’’ War­riors star Stephen Curry said Tues­day. “It comes from a place of re­spect between ev­ery­body on this team, in­clud­ing those two guys. So, no­body takes any­thing per­sonal, no­body goes home and cries about it.’’

“It’s about ev­ery­body wants to win, and in that mo­ment it might get heated, it might hap­pen in front of cam­eras, it might hap­pen in the locker room, it might hap­pen at prac­tice, it might be a phone call, off­line, what­ever. Those kinds of con­ver­sa­tions need to hap­pen so that we con­tinue to try to get bet­ter and challenge each other to not get com­pla­cent,’’ he said.

Green wouldn’t say ex­actly what was at is­sue mo­ments af­ter the War­riors’ 109-106 de­feat, just that “it was ac­tu­ally a tac­tic, but that’s for us to know and for ev­ery­one else to fig­ure out.’’ Green and KD also were team­mates on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Rio last sum­mer.

Kerr, mean­while, was al­ready long gone af­ter be­ing ejected with 3:34 left in the third quar­ter for a pro­fan­ity-laden tirade di­rected at of­fi­cial Bill Spooner. The reign­ing NBA Coach of the Year apol­o­gized through the league to Spooner a day later.

AP PHOTO

Golden State War­riors’ Dray­mond Green, right, cel­e­brates a score by Kevin Du­rant dur­ing the se­cond half of a pre­sea­son NBA bas­ket­ball game against the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

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