The last thing the Golden State Warriors needed after a tough loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on the road was for one of their most important bench players to succumb to injury.
Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported after the game that forward Draymond Green sprained his left ankle, but X-rays were negative. It is not known how many games — if any — Green will miss, and how he sustained the injury is also unknown at this time.
This explains why Green checked out of the game with 8:52 remaining in the fourth quarter in favor of David Lee, who played the rest of a 115-111 loss in Charlotte. Green had three points, three rebounds and a block in 18 minutes of action up to that point, but he also playing terrific defense. If he had been healthy, there is no doubt that head coach Mark Jackson would have let him play a bit longer, if not finish the entire game.
Instead, with Green out, the Bobcats went on a 22-6 run after the Warriors had tied the game at 88-88, allowing the Bobcats to hang on for the win.
Green has been a bright spot this season for the Warriors, averaging 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game as a staple off the bench. However, those who have watched his game will tell you that his effort and determination is much greater than the stats next to his name.