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Monday, January 6, 2014

Warriors' Draymond Green out with sprained ankle


By on 1/06/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards on Sunday by the score of 112-96. The win moved the Warriors to 23-13, first in the Pacific Division.  Backup forward Draymond Green suffered an ankle sprain during the game and played only eight minutes.

Rusty Simmons, who covers the Golden State Warriors for The San Francisco Chronicle, tweeted the following on Green's status

Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights saw the bulk of the minutes backing up forwards David Lee and Andre Iguodala.  Barnes had 13 points in 27 minutes and Speights added seven points in 14 minutes.  Expect the trend to continue on Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, should Green be unable to play.

Green was selected by the Warriors in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Michigan. Last season he played in 79 games and averaged 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.  In 36 games this season, his minutes have increased to nearly 20 per game.  His production has increased as well to 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, although he is shooting only 38.2 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from the free throw line. Green must improve in those areas if he wants to continue to see significant minutes. 

2 comments:

  1. Draymond Green went to Michigan State, not Michigan. Thanks for the update on the injury, though.

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  2. Sorry, I feel like someone who watches Warriors' games should add that Green's value is his defense and energy. He doesn't need to improve his shooting or free-throwing to continue to see significant minutes. He's arguably the most valuable bench player the Warriors have, especially when Barnes is struggling to score. Green had four blocks and two steals against Orlando in a win recently, and four steals and one block in a win against the Heat. He frequently replaces D. Lee at the end of the game when the Warriors need defense. In other words, just watch the games. You'll get it. Green is just fine the way he is. Any offense he generates is a bonus at this point.

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