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Warriors’ Draymond Green expected to return vs. Lakers

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The Golden State Warriors are expecting forward Draymond Green to return in time for Thursday’s showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“He should be fine Thursday,” said head coach Steve Kerr, according to Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle. “He tried to go through shootaround this morning, and he was still hurting. We just want to make sure we’re smart about it. So, he’ll take tomorrow off and hopefully, he’ll be ready to go Thursday. That’s our expectation.”

Green missed the past two games with a pelvic contusion and has missed a bevy of games in this gap-year season. He’s already missed 16 of the 58 games the team has played this season — something many greatly expected as the Warriors tumbled to the bottom of the standings.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old is averaging 8.2 points on 38.7% shooting (his worst shooting percentage since his rookie season), 6.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game — playing noticeably fewer minutes (28.8) than in years past.

Besides Green, the Warriors are awaiting the return of Stephen Curry, who should be good to go on Sunday, March 1 when the Warriors take on the Washington Wizards.

The team is in a seven-game slump after Tuesday’s 112-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings at the Chase Center, greatly awaiting for some semblance of hope after winning only 12 games this season.

Curry’s firepower is expected to give the Warriors a lift, but it won’t make them significantly better, considering most of the pieces in the roster were acquired this summer or in-season.