Draymond Green injures knee in first half against Mavs
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Draymond Green injures knee in first half against Mavs

Golden State Warriors fans were given a scare during their team’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, when All-Star forward Draymond Green tweaked his knee on defense in the second quarter. The Warriors were forced to call a timeout, concerned about Green’s ability to play on.

Thankfully, the injury was not serious and Green returned to play in the second half.

Green did not have the impact that he normally makes on a game, recording only four points to go along with six rebounds, seven assists, and three turnovers. The fiery forward has struggled mightily this season, having the worst numbers since his sophomore year in the league. He has averaged only 7.2 points, eight rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 2.8 turnovers.

The biggest concern has been Green’s shooting, which has plummeted. He is only shooting 41 percent from the field and a terrible 24 percent from the three-point line. Teams have started to give Green plenty of space when he touches the ball beyond the arc, daring him to shoot.

Fortunately for the Warriors, the team doesn’t need him to be a high-scorer. As long as Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson play decently, the Warriors are more than capable of packing a hard offensive punch. Green will remain the heart and soul of the team on defense, and as long as he can play valuable minutes that side of the floor, the Warriors will continue to give him plenty of slack.