Draymond Green to return, David West probable to play vs. Kings
According to a tweet on Thursday afternoon from Mark Medina of the Mercury News, the Golden State Warriors (52-16) announced that star power forward Draymond Green will play in Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, while reserve power forward David West is listed as probable.
Green was held out of Golden State’s 117-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena due to some right shoulder soreness, but it was mainly the team playing it safe as both the Warriors and Lakers had several of their key players inactive last night.
As for West, the 37-year-old veteran forward has missed the Warriors’ last five games due to a cyst in his right arm but should play tomorrow night’s home game against the Kings.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr continues to deal with a large number of injury issues as of late with his lineup. Superstar point guard Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle), star shooting guard Klay Thompson (fractured thumb), and shooting guard Patrick McCaw (fractured wrist) are a few names that have been on Golden State’s injury report this month.
Luckily, coach Kerr has a superstar forward in Kevin Durant who is healthy, smart and playing some great basketball as of late.
“Kevin is so smart that he feels what he needs to do from one night to the next,” Kerr said. “I thought the last couple games we needed every shot he took. Tonight was a different feel. He is just such a smart player that as he goes he just sort of gauges the game, determines what’s needed, and that’s what he provides.”
As the game’s leading scorer on Wednesday against the Lakers, Durant finished with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.