Zone Blitz: Did Kyrie Irving go too far in his reaction to the Celtic's loss Denver Nuggets

By November 06, 2018
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  • Durant keeps details of Green spat 'in-house' but envisages resolution Durant keeps details of Green spat 'in-house' but envisages resolution

    Kevin Durant is sure he will resolve any issue with Golden State Warriors team-mate Draymond Green in the future but refused to go into the specifics over what happened between the pair.

    Green and Durant had a heated exchange at the end of regulation against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, with the former having failed to get a shot off after losing possession on the final play.

    It was reported the confrontation continued in the locker room following the 121-116 overtime loss, though head coach Steve Kerr denied claims the three-time All-Star questioned Durant about his impending free agency.

    Green was suspended for Tuesday's 110-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks for "conduct detrimental to the team", but the two-time NBA Finals MVP is sure the team will get their affairs in order.

    Asked if he felt the situation with Green could be resolved, Durant said: "I'm sure it will. We've got a long season ahead."

    However, he refused to expand on what exactly took place between the duo.

    "I'm gonna keep that in-house. That's what we do here," added Durant.

    "I mean, obviously I know you guys got a job to do, but I'm not trying to give nobody no headlines. What happened, happened. We're trying to move on - just trying to play basketball."

    Durant stated he "didn't really care either way" about Green's suspension but admitted it felt strange not to be competing alongside him.

    "His presence has been a part of this team for a while - even before I got here. He's been a huge staple in this organisation. So, obviously it's definitely weird not having him around," he said.

    "And just ... everything that went down. But that's what happens. S*** happens in the NBA. I just try to do my best to move on and be a basketball player.

    "I don't got nothing else to do but to be the best player I can be every single day. I try not to worry about nothing else."

    Kerr was pleased with how professionally the reigning NBA champions, who were also without Stephen Curry due to injury, dealt with the situation on Tuesday.

    "Proud of them. Not an easy game with a back-to-back. Just coming in a little fatigued, a little emotionally spent and we had to grind it out," said Kerr.

    "Proud of the guys. It wasn't our best game, but it was a good effort and we stayed solid."

  • Warriors drop Hawks as Green serves suspension Warriors drop Hawks as Green serves suspension

    The Golden State Warriors took down the Atlanta Hawks 110-103 behind 24 points from Kevin Durant and another 24 from Klay Thompson on Tuesday.

    Stephen Curry (groin) missed his third straight game and Draymond Green was kept off the floor as he was suspended for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team".

    Green got into an altercation with Durant on the court during Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and Warriors brass believed he went too far, so they suspended him.

    The Warriors, though, still earned their 12th win of the season with the victory over the Hawks.

    Taurean Prince finished with 22 points, four rebounds and four assists in the losing effort for Atlanta.


    Capela lifts Rockets

    Rockets center Clint Capela scored a season-high 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds in a 109-99 win over the Nuggets.

    Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson scored 11 points on five-of-six shooting, but it was his 21 rebounds that really stood out in Cleveland's 113-89 win over the Hornets.


    Wasteful Walker

    Hornets guard Kemba Walker could not buy a shot for most of the night in the loss to the Cavaliers. He finished with a season-low seven points on two-of-16 shooting.


    Livingston sets up Jerebko

    Shaun Livingston found team-mate Jonas Jerebko on the three-point line with a pretty pass.

    Tuesday's results

    Cleveland Cavaliers 113-89 Charlotte Hornets
    Houston Rockets 109-99 Denver Nuggets
    Golden State Warriors 110-103 Atlanta Hawks


    76ers at Magic

    It is Jimmy Butler time for the 76ers (9-6) as the recently traded wing player will suit up for Philadelphia for the first time this season. The 76ers are in third in the Eastern Conference while the Magic (6-8) are in ninth.

  • Former NBA star McGrady says Carmelo Anthony should retire Former NBA star McGrady says Carmelo Anthony should retire

    Tracy McGrady thinks Houston Rockets veteran Carmelo Anthony should retire.

    The Rockets are reportedly preparing to move on from the 34-year-old forward after just 10 games.

    McGrady, a seven-time All-Star who is now an NBA analyst for ESPN, discussed Anthony's situation on The Jump on Tuesday.

    "I honestly think Melo should retire, I really do," McGrady said. "I don't want him to go through another situation like this, and people are just pouring negativity on this man's legacy.

    "I really think, because it hasn't worked out the last two teams, just go ahead and – you have a Hall of Fame career – just go ahead and let it go."

    Anthony was away from Houston for his third straight game – with what the team have described as an illness – when they faced the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. He has averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during his time with the Rockets.

    The Rockets finished last season with a 65-17 record and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

    But they have yet to replicate that success on either end of the floor this season as they hold a 5-7 record through 12 games.

    Anthony spent last season with the Oklahoma Thunder before he was traded to the Hawks in mid-July in exchange for a package centred around Dennis Schroder. He was bought out by Atlanta, then signed with the Rockets.

    McGrady averaged 19.6 points per game and played for six NBA teams during his 15-year career. He made seven All-Star teams and won two scoring titles.

    McGrady was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

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