The Golden State Warriors were without most of their key starters on Tuesday night, their second game of a back-to-back. They defeated the Dejounte Murray-led San Antonio Spurs which showcased their incredible depth.
However, for the Dubs to take down high-level teams in the Western and Eastern Conference in the postseason, they’ll need to be at full strength, and that obviously includes three-time All-Star forward Draymond Green.
The Golden State Warriors have been without Draymond Green for several weeks now, and it seems like his absence will continue for at least a few more.
Green has missed the last few weeks for the Warriors. His last time on the court was January 5th, not counting his five-second stint in Klay Thompson‘s return to action.
That said, there is some hope on the horizon, the team noted in a press release today. The release noted that Green will be re-evaluated prior to the All-Star break, but I certainly wouldn’t count on him making a return prior to the weekend break.
The takeaway from this is that he’s headed in a “positive direction.” Back injuries, as we’ve seen with players like Michael Porter Jr. in Denver, can be debilitating, and the Warriors need to tread lightly as the Dubs need Green back in order to make a Finals push.
Green, over the last many seasons, has been a critical part of the franchise. He’s been among the best defensive player in the NBA and has an underrated offense game that revolves around his ability to get players like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson open looks.
Green is the quintessential player to put alongside Curry and Thompson, and he’s one of the three that helped this dynasty come together. That said, Green is averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists. He’s also hitting 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game as well.
Overall, it’s been a terrific season for Green, who should be named to the All-Star for his fourth time, as he’s adjusting to not being the same shooter he once was, which is among the oddest situations in the NBA over the past few seasons.
Nonetheless, they’ll need him back and hopefully, if healthy, sooner rather than later.