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Warriors’ Draymond Green isn’t concerned with his conditioning

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Draymond Green still isn’t at 100 percent after his knee injury, but the Golden State Warriors All-Star is confident he’ll recover “pretty quick.”

Green missed three preseason games due to a sore left knee. He didn’t play in the team’s match with the Sacramento Kings at Seattle and also missed the first game of the Dubs’ preseason double-header with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He played in their last preseason game against LeBron James and his new crew, but Green managed only one point, five boards, and five assists in 21 minutes of play.

There are concerns about Green’s conditioning ahead of the season, with his knee injury seemingly not yet healed. However, the three-time All-Star played down the issue and told Nick Friedell of ESPN that he isn’t worried about it.

“I wasn’t out for months,” he said with a chuckle after shootaround. “So [my wind] will come back pretty quick.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be watching Green’s minutes closely. “He told me when you look tired you’re coming out,” Green said. “So maybe I’ll try to hide it.”

Green was an important piece for the Warriors in winning three NBA championships in the last four years, and Golden State will certainly need him to stay healthy throughout the season if they are to defend their title.

Draymond Green averaged 11.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks in 70 appearances for the Warriors in 2017-18.