Draymond Green has been ruled out vs. Magic with finger sprain
Green seems to have suffered the injury during the Warriors’ overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. He finished with six points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the defeat.
This is far from the first time Green has been out of the lineup this season. The three-time All-Star has played in just 32 of his club’s 43 games this season, averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 boards, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals over 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 38.1 percent from the floor, 26.8 percent from three-point range and 75.4 percent from the free-throw line.
While Green remains a very solid all-around player who can do it on both ends of the court, he has fallen hard over the last couple of years.
Last season, injuries limited Green to 66 games, and during the time he was on the floor, he registered 7.4 points, 7.3 boards, 6.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks across 31.3 minutes a night while making 44.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, 28.5 percent of his long-distance tries and 69.2 percent of his foul shots, his worst numbers since his second season back in 2013-14. It also marked the first time Green did not make an All-Star appearance since the 2014-15 campaign.
Of course, Green has basically been tasked with being the lone remaining veteran on Golden State’s roster this season, as Stephen Curry (broken hand) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) are both sidelined with injuries. Kevin Durant left for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, while Andre Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and veteran guard Shaun Livingston announced his retirement.