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Draymond Green now a game-time decision vs. Bucks despite being ruled out for road trip

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been eager to take the court again and will be a game-time decision for Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN‘s Nick Friedell. Here’s more on Green’s status, per Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (h/t ESPN‘s Ohm Youngmisuk):

“Steve Kerr said Draymond Green (toe) is looking very good and wants to play tonight against Milwaukee. Kerr said Green is listed as questionable to play and that the team will see how he looks pregame. Kerr, though, added that his gut feeling is to give Green a few more days left before bringing him back.”

The 6-foot-7 forward had his first absence of the season against the Bucks, which resulted in the Warriors’ second loss of the season and an avalanche of unforeseen events ever since, likely playing a factor in his eagerness to return to the court.

Draymond Green is officially listed as questionable, as he was expected to return next week, either Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves or Wednesday for a run-back against the Toronto Raptors.

The mercurial forward went through shootaround this morning without complications but the Warriors have been utmost careful with a nagging toe injury that has sidelined him for the past 10 games, including 13 of the last 15.

Green has had a horrid start of the season scoring the ball, putting up the third-worst mark of his young career with 6.9 points per game and shooting only 22.2 percent from deep. Yet, the Warriors have missed his defensive intangibles, his playmaking and his all-around motor through the early part of the regular season.

If he’s able to return tonight, the Warriors will be at near-full strength against the Bucks, missing only superstar center DeMarcus Cousins, who will begin practicing in a couple of weeks.