After the Warriors’ opening night scare which saw Draymond Green leaving the arena clutching his left knee in pain, the Golden State Warriors have officially declared that Draymond Green will be seeing game-time on their Friday night matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Draymond Green, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, made a premature exit closing in on the end of the third quarter during Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets after he had an awkward landing on an attempted floater. His absence led to the Rockets reigning in a 34-point 4th quarter and, eventually, a loss for the Warriors. When asked how he was doing after the awkward landing, Green said: “I’ll be good, I’m fine.”
The initial reports cast doubt and worry that Green wouldn’t be ready for Friday’s game despite a negative MRI on his knee. However, it looks like Andre Iguodala and Green will be joining the team during Friday nights game.
“I was concerned,” Green said of Tuesday’s injury at Friday’s shootaround. “I honestly thought it was my meniscus.”
Warriors forward Omri Casspi also dealt with a sprained ankle against the Rockets after he slipped on the floor. Unfortunately, Cassipi will be returning for the Pelicans game but there are hopes for his quick return. However, having Iguodala and Green back will significantly help the Warriors defense against the Pelicans’ heavy frontcourt of Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins, who combined for 61 points of the Pelicans’ 91 points in their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies this last Wednesday.