Warriors coach Steve Kerr reveals Draymond Green’s injury status following sudden missed game
Draymond Green was a late scratch for the Golden State Warriors ahead of their matchup with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. Following Green being ruled out minutes before Wednesday’s game, Kerr revealed the big man is expected to return for the Warriors in their next game against the Orlando Magic on Friday, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. However, it’s not totally set in stone yet.
Heading into Wednesday’s contest with the Heat, Green was dealing with soreness to his ankle. After attempting to go through pregame warmups, the Warriors decided it was best to hold Green out to avoid making his injury worse.
The Warriors are set to have a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday. If Green does indeed return on Saturday, perhaps he’ll get the day off on Saturday just to be safe. Or maybe he’ll be good to go for both games.
Despite the absence of Green, Golden State was able to defeat Miami 120-112 after going into overtime. Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Kelly Oubre Jr. combined for 71 points, while Kent Bazemore contributed a team-high 26 points off of the bench and helped play a key role in a fourth-quarter comeback. Curry really struggled with his shooting, but he hit two dagger 3-pointers in overtime to seal the shocking victory.
Green, who recently made headlines with his comments about player treatment in the NBA, has been improving his performance on the court recently. In the seven games leading up to Wednesday’s game, Green was averaging 6.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 12.3 assists per game.
The Warriors don’t believe Green’s injury is serious and that he’ll be good to go on Friday against the Magic. But in the chance that Green is ruled out again, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Eric Paschall could see expanded minutes in the frontcourt.