Tracy McGrady sent Kevin Durant a DM to offer Patrick Beverley advice


Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Clippers, Kevin Durant registered 23 points (8-of-16 shooting), four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal.

With less than five minutes remaining in the game, he and Patrick Beverley each received their second technical fouls and were ejected.

In the Warriors' stunning Game 2 loss, KD scored 21 points on just eight shots (he went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line), but he committed nine turnovers and fouled out with 1:21 remaining.

Is Beverley's physical approach affecting Durant? Is the two-time NBA All-Defensive selection under the reigning two-time Finals MVP's skin?

"I'm saying that it has worked for the first two games," Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady said Tuesday on ESPN's The Jump. "I haven't really seen the MVP KD ... he's (Beverley) playing the game, and I think KD is falling into that with him. KD has to get to his spots."

McGrady -- who isn't close with Durant -- felt compelled to reach out to the 10-time All-Star on social media to share some advice.

"I sent him a DM today. I sent KD a DM today," McGrady said. "It's good for a small guy to get up under you because they have the leverage. That's great coaching by them (the Clippers) to put a smaller guy on him.

"What KD has to do is get in position and turn and face him. If he faces Pat Beverley, there's nothing he can do because you can't touch him. And then if he's doing all the crowding, all you have to do is go up and shoot and you're getting those calls because he's in your space.

[RELATEDKD refused to give Perkins insight into free-agency plans]

"Don't wrestle with this kid. Don't get involved in his antics. Just play basketball. But right now, he's out of his game."  

It's unclear at this point if Durant responded, but when Rachel Nichols looked at the camera and said: "KD, check your phone because Tracy has some advice for you," Kendrick Perkins (who was a guest on the show) chimed in with: "Oh, he's watching right now. Knowing him, he's watching."

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Contact Us