Draymond Green and Kevin Durant declined to speak with reporters after their Golden State Warriors were stunned Monday by a 31-point Los Angeles Clippers comeback in Game 2 of their playoff series, but Green’s mother was eager to share her thoughts on the loss. Mary Babers-Green used her Twitter account to rip Golden State — and liked and retweeted a number of other comments critical of Durant’s performance.
Babers-Green, who clearly had something to do with her son’s outspoken personality and has made news in the past for own blunt opinions on the Warriors, tweeted after Monday’s 135-131 defeat to Los Angeles that Golden State needed “to be punched in the throat!” The two-time defending champions somehow blew a 94-63 third-quarter lead at home — after center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left quadriceps — and let the Clippers stage the largest rally in NBA postseason history.
One comment that Babers-Green both liked and retweeted asked, “KD more turnovers than shot attempts? Has that ever happened before?”
Durant, indeed, had nine turnovers — the Warriors committed 22 overall — compared to just eight shots. He made five of those shots and had 21 points, with five rebounds, five assists and three steals, but he also fouled out late in the game and generally had a muted presence while being hounded by the physical defense of Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.
A plea for Durant to “stop playing the game with Beverly” and to “play your game” was retweeted by Babers-Green, as was this bit of analysis: “Doc [Rivers, the Clippers’ head coach] knows he can’t put Beverley on Steph [Curry] because it’s cookies, so he put him on KD to get in his head and it’s worked 2 games in a row.”
Babers-Green also retweeted comments critical of Warriors Coach Steve Kerr’s personnel decisions and the play of Golden State reserves Quinn Cook and Alfonzo McKinnie, as well as that of Curry himself, who led his team with 29 points. However, Durant appeared to be somewhat singled out for criticism by Babers-Green, with tweets she liked including these thoughts:
- “Don’t know what’s going inside KD’s brain?”
- “KD can never be truly happy for his teammates if he can never be truly happy with himself”
- “KD pouting and not playing aggressive & Curry with his usual reachin fouls caused kerr to sit him in foul trouble and clipper sneaky as hell good”
- “KD let PatBev into his head”
- “Rewind it to KD v Bev antics in the third quarter. Start there and you’ll see the unravel.”
As for her own thoughts, Green-Babers had this response to a Twitter user who complained of the “whacked rotations” employed by Kerr: “Yep, I knew it when he was doing it! Disaster EPIC FAIL!”
As her impassioned Twitter feed began making headlines Tuesday, Babers-Green returned to it and asserted that the “little news reporters or lil magazines” were “reaching” with their accounts of her reaction to the loss. “You all saw the same game I saw,” she tweeted. “I have not one problem with KD, KERR OR ANYONE ELSE!”
“Sheesh THE WARRIORS SUCKED AS A WHOLE LAST NIGHT! PERIOD!!” she continued. “Now write about that!”
Warriors fans were likely not surprised at the online assessments shared by Babers-Green, whose all-star son had 14 points, nine assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals against the Clippers on Monday. She has used Twitter in the past to weigh in sharply, including during the 2017 NBA Finals, when she used the poop emoji to show her unhappiness with the referees and called out the “ELBOWS” being thrown by then-Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
She has also put Durant in the crosshairs before, tweeting during last year’s Western Conference finals that he was playing too much isolation basketball and leaving “everyone else standing around never to get into position.” She added after a Warriors loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of that series, “ISO ISO ISO! They beat us at our own game!”
Asked about those remarks at the time, Durant said, “Draymond’s mom is like a team mom. You know how that dynamic is. She just wants nothing but the best for me, from us. I love her like she’s my mom, so it’s all good. I understand where that stuff comes from, but I’m going to keep being me at the end of the day. I got nothing but love for her.”
Since then, Durant and Green have gotten into a confrontation that was both highly charged and very public, given that it occurred during a November overtime loss to, of all teams, the Clippers. Naturally, Babers-Green had an opinion to share on that episode, which began when her son failed to give the ball up to Durant with seconds left in regulation, instead dribbling into traffic as time ran out and leading the latter to react with frustration.
“KD should have ran and fill the lane like he always does,” she tweeted then. “Dray got trapped because he was expecting him to be there and he wasn’t!” She added in a hashtag that her son “ain’t selfish.”
On other occasions in the past, Babers-Green has praised Durant, including after her 2018 “ISO” comments, when she said that she was a KD “FANATIC” who had “enjoyed him since his Texas days” and “loved him even more” when he joined the Warriors. She added at the time, “So, please stop trying to make a story where there isn’t one!”
On Tuesday, her Twitter feed prompted another user to offer this note of caution: “You have to watch what you say . . . you know they always looking for a story line.” Babers-Green replied that she “didn’t say anything” and that “they wrote about my likes.”
That may be, but her likes just happened to reflect an apparent agreement with others that Durant came up short in Monday’s loss. That kind of online activity, particularly coming from someone previously described by him as the “team mom,” tends to gain attention — whether she likes it or not.
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