NBA News: Golden State Warriors' Loss to Memphis Grizzlies Stirs Up Controversy
The loss on Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies was not only a tough pill to swallow for the Golden State Warriors, but it also stirred up some controversy.
The 2015 NBA champions faltered to the fifth-seeded Grizzlies in overtime, with the game ending with a score of 129-119. In a post-game report by Eric Freeman for Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors were leading up to as much as 19 at the start of the fourth quarter, only to end up losing in overtime.
What hurt the Warriors the most was their scoring drought in the fourth period. As noted in Freeman's report, Steve Kerr's men went scoreless for nine whole minutes in the quarter. It was considered as an "odd sight" for a team with such impeccable scoring capabilities, especially with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in the lineup.
One of the crucial moments of the game, which is believed to have been the major key to the Warriors' loss, happened during the final 40 seconds of regulation. Forward Kevin Durant apparently had seen a mismatch with opposing player Zach Randolph, which led him to call for the ball from Stephen Curry. While in disagreement with Durant's call, the star guard gave it to him anyways.
Upon receiving the ball, Durant missed the shot, much to the dismay of power forward Draymond Green. After a Grizzlies basket, Durant and Green were seen having what was perceived to be a heated discussion on the court. But according to Durant himself during a post-game interview, their exchange was simply a discussion which should not be looked at any further.
"It wasn't an argument at all," Durant said in front of some members of the media. "It wasn't a disagreement. I felt like Draymond was emotional and something was bothering him, (so) he came to talk to me."
Currently, the Warriors are still situated atop the Western Conference standings, with a record of 32-6. Memphis, meanwhile, is 24-16 on the season.
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