When Draymond Green went down with an ankle injury, the Golden State Warriors were given a serious scare.
Undoubtedly, Green is a crucial component of their plan, and his absence off the floor affects every offensive and defensive move they may make.
Luckily for them, it appears that he will soon return to the court as he was seen getting some shots up during his rehab in Los Angeles. He will undergo another evaluation on Monday (source: C.J. Holmes).
At first, it looked like Green’s ankle sprain might keep him out of the game for a while.
Even while there is a great deal of optimism that he will be available for opening night, there is still some hope that he will be available for the final preseason game.
In Green’s absence, the Warriors have excelled with Chris Paul in the starting lineup; however, once they return to full strength, that may not be the case.
Though it might make more sense to have the seasoned point guard receive practice with the reserves, head coach Steve Kerr might decide to keep Paul in the starting lineup and switch Kevon Looney to the second unit.
In any event, Kerr stated that he believes he has “six starters” on his squad at this time, so lineups are likely to change.
Next season, the Warriors will be loaded with expectations and a need for vengeance. They will need their outspoken captain to keep them in check on the court.