The Golden State Warriors hoped to have Draymond Green back from a foot injury for Friday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. It appears as though the former Defensive Player of the Year will indeed make his season debut.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday Green is probable and “should be good to go,” per Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Draymond Green is probable for Friday night's game vs. the Blazers: "He should be good to go" says Steve Kerr
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 31, 2020
Green has had a strange arc to this point. He got COVID-19 pretty much at the start of training camp, but returned to practice about a week before the start of the season. However, Green was soon beset by the foot issue and has not played since.
The 30-year-old should play a vital role for the Warriors if he is feeling 100 percent. Green is instrumental in starting Golden State’s ball movement and being a secondary (sometimes primary) ball-handler. His ability to operate at the point and spark cutting action is what makes the Warriors’ offense tick. Of course, Green’s versatility and physical play is also a staple of Golden State’s defense.
The Warriors have a bit of momentum, getting back to the .500 mark with a win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Although Kelly Oubre Jr. continues to struggle in his Dubs debut, both Andrew Wiggins and Stephen Curry broke out of shooting slumps against Detroit. Moreover, rookie center James Wiseman has looked very impressive, even handling the ball in transition and making plays in pick-and-roll.
Perhaps Green’s return to the rotation will provide the Warriors with a little extra “oomph” on both ends of the floor and kick the season into overdrive.