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Steve Kerr on Draymond Green’s condition after leaving game with injury

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes that Draymond Green is fine. Or at least, he hopes. The three-time All-Star had to leave their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday early after appearing to have tweaked his ankle in the opening half.

After the blowout loss, Kerr mentioned that Green told him at halftime that his ankle sprain “wasn’t too bad” (via Anthony Slater of The Athletic).

With the Warriors down big, Kerr decided to take the safer route and let Green hit the showers early. The team has a couple of days off before back-t0-back games later this week ahead of the upcoming midseason break.

Kerr opting to leave Green on the sidelines was a rather smart move given that they were simply punched in the mouth in the opening quarter with the Lakers mounting an early 20-point lead, which they continued to add to before the halftime break. Green ended up just playing 13 minutes and ended with six points, one rebound, and two assists.

Green has been huge for the Warriors as of late. In their last 15 games coming into their game against the Lakers, the Warriors have managed to net the best defensive rating in the NBA with Green being their starting center. With injuries hampering his rotation, Kerr has gone with his small-ball lineup and it has worked well so far with Green leading the way on both sides of the floor.

Draymond Green averaged 10 rebounds and 14 assists per game in their last three assignments coming into Sunday’s contest. Dub Nation needs him back ASAP.