Since the 2019 to 2020 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are troubled with constant injuries to their crucial players. However, they are doing pretty well this season after being down bad last season. One of the reasons for their newfound success is their veteran Draymond Green.
Green has taken up the role of a floor general for the team, while Steph Curry focuses on the scoring. However, after playing for more than 20 games consecutively, Green was rested in the Warriors’ last fixture vs the Miami Heat.
The three-time NBA champion sat out due to a sore ankle. Luckily, the Warriors’ supporting players came through as the Dubs were victorious.
Steve Kerr on Draymond Green sitting out Wednesday night’s clash vs the Miami Heat
Following the stunning overtime victory, Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr talked about Green’s absence. Kerr stated:
“I told him, ‘Don’t be a hero if it’s hurting you. Sit it out, let’s get you right so you don’t end up missing four or five games. I think he was very honest with himself and with us, and he came back in and said, ‘I probably shouldn’t go.’
“And you know Draymond. He’s as tough as anybody. So, it was the right call. Because we didn’t have a shootaround, it just caught everybody off guard.”
Thanks to the last-minute decision by Kerr, Green might have dodged a bullet. As, if he had played with a sore ankle in an elongated game, he might have had to sit out more games than required. Green will most likely be back in the lineup for the Dubs on Friday vs the Orlando Magic.
However, if he is not 100% fit, coach Kerr might give him another game’s rest. This will also give the young lads in the team a chance to prove their worth.