Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green injured his left index finger during Friday night’s 127-110 loss to San Antonio Spurs, and his participation in Saturday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets is in doubt.
Green wore a bandage over his wrist and left index finger when he met with journalists after Friday’s game and said he was dealing with a ‘ligament’ problem. Officially, the Warriors rated the injury as a sprained left index finger. It remains to be determined whether Green will need an MRI.
“I hurt my finger,” Green said. “The ligament. But it’s what it is … I don’t know (about Saturday); we’ll see. It’s quite sore. I couldn’t catch the ball throughout the game, probably from the second quarter. That’s why I was doing a lot you pass with one left hand and dribbling to the left with my right hand, I really couldn’t catch the ball, so we’ll see, hopefully it will calm down a bit overnight, but who knows?
Green’s injury occurs only two nights after Warriors superstar Stephen Curry broke his left hand after a collision with Phoenix Suns big man Aron Baynes. The Warriors announced before Friday’s game that Curry would be down at least three months after undergoing surgery.
With Curry out of the lineup, Green acknowledged that the atmosphere was very different within a Chase Center submitted Friday night.
“There were definitely fewer fans there tonight, which is to be expected,” said Green, 29, after Golden State fell to 1-4. “It’s a different vibe, sure. When you don’t earn so much, that’s usually the case. The hope is that people will accompany you through good and bad, but that’s not the reality of this world we live in, so that’s what it is. We have each other and we’re going to rock with that, and that’s all that matters. ”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Friday’s game that with Curry out in the foreseeable future and with Klay Thompson out of play while recovering from an ACL injury, the Warriors would be even more cautious about Green’s minutes. in the future. “The only thing we won’t do is hurry,” Kerr said. “We have to keep a good schedule with Draymond in terms of minutes and games. If he is beaten, we should make sure to take care of him. He is ready to go tonight and excited to play. He has been great in our meetings, practices. He has assumed a role of real leadership He understands how much our young players need him and he has been fantastic, he is also one of the most competitive people I have ever met in my life, so this will be a great challenge for him and everyone.
“At the moment, he is a kind of lonely survivor, so he must help all these young people and teach them what it is, help guide them, and the most important thing is to continue with the way he has taken care of our business in the last five years or more In terms of preparation, work ethic and joy and everything we have tried, it has to continue, because that is what our culture is about. The players are the ones who really wear that, so we will trust a lot in Draymond for that. ”
After watching Green play 34 minutes, compiling six points, eight rebounds and seven assists, in Friday’s loss, Kerr said he would ideally like to keep his forward’s minutes even lower than that in the future.
“No more than that,” Kerr said. “I definitely don’t want to take it to the 40-minute mark. That’s too much. We have a consecutive series; we play again tomorrow. We will just take it game by game and see how it is doing, but we were there at the end of the third, so we wanted to give him a push with him. So we’ll use him a few more minutes tonight than usual, but I think he played well. ”
Like the rest of the Warriors players and coaches, Green was sincere about the fact that Curry’s absence changed everything for the group.
“Different,” Green said about playing without Curry. “Obviously, Steph attracts a lot of attention on the offensive side of the ball. He brings the leadership to us, so by not being out there, things are very different for us. And our offense really is based on him, so (yet) it’s a kind of find out and navigate without him. That’s a different challenge. ”