Draymond Green, Shaun Livingston probable for Warriors vs. Hornets
The Golden State Warriors won’t be too shorthanded for their next game after all. Both Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston are listed as probable for the Warriors’ matchup with the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on Monday, while reserve big men Jordan Bell and Damian Jones will sit out the action.
Injury report for tonight's game at Charlotte: Draymond Green (left ankle sprain) and Shaun Livingston (left hamstring tightness) are probable. Jordan Bell (flu-like symptoms) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 25, 2019
Jones has been sidelined since early December, when he had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. He’s likely out for the season’s remainder. The unexpected absence of Bell, though, could loom large against Charlotte, especially given DeMarcus Cousins’ problems defending pick-and-roll maestros like Kemba Walker.
Livingston played 15 minutes in Golden State’s loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday. He’s averaging 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 15.3 minutes per game, all career low numbers since he signed with the Warriors in 2015. He’s also shooting just 39.6 percent from mid-range this season, a totally acceptable mark for most players, but hardly one who’s made a career out of knocking down high-release jumpers from inside the arc. Livingston shot 43.8 percent from that part of the floor last season, and 43.9 percent in 2015-16.
The big news here, though, is the health of Green. The 2017 Defensive Player of the Year left his team’s loss to the Rockets early after stepping on Cousins’ foot. Though Green’s immediate response seemed to suggest a more serious injury, the Warriors diagnosed him with a sprained left ankle, and subsequent testing revealed no structural damage. Green is averaging 7.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game this season.
Golden State and Charlotte tip off at 7:00 p.m. EST.