Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green has been ruled out of Monday night’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns due to a sore left knee, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Green also missed Friday’s preseason game against the Sacramento Kings in Seattle due to the knee, but he is expected to play on Wednesday when the Warriors take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas.
“He’s still working his way back, but the plan is to work him back into practice starting tomorrow,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday. “We’ll have shootaround tomorrow, and then a practice Tuesday. I’d like to get him in the game Wednesday.”
Green did log 20 minutes in Golden’s State preseason opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves last Saturday. During his time on the floor, the former Michigan State Spartan scored 2 points on 1-of-3 shooting in addition to dishing out eight assists and securing four rebounds. Green and center Damian Jones were the only starters that failed to score in double figures in the 114-110 loss at the hands of the Jimmy Butler-less Timberwolves.
Green is coming off a season in which he accumulated averages of 11.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. In addition, Green averaged 10.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor throughout the team’s run to their second consecutive NBA title.
Despite the fact that the Warriors have won three titles in the last four years, Green is doing his best to maintain his hunger entering the 2018-19 NBA season.
“We do have three championships,” Green said, via 247 Sports. “They’re all in the past. It’s about approaching each year with that same goal and that same mentality. And the point you get to the point where, oh, man, we’re just playing house money, we already got it, you’re done.
“None of us are ready for this run to come to an end. So we’ve got to continue to approach it like we’ve got zero. And that’s cliche and impossible to do, but you want to try to get as close to that as you possibly can. And that’s my mindset always entering the season.”
The Warriors saw Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant, as well as Draymond himself, all battle nagging injuries throughout the ’17-18 season, so it’s not especially surprising to see the team being cautious with Green in the preseason.