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Warriors vs. Bucks: Jordan Bell will start for injured Draymond Green

Jordan Bell will reportedly get the start tonight with Draymond Green out due to an injury.

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Jordan Bell will start for the Golden State Warriors against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight because Draymond Green is out with a toe sprain, as widely reported yesterday.

This will be the first start of the season for Jordan Bell, who had 13 starts in the 2017-18 season as a rookie. The promise he showed in his rookie year led some to wonder if he’d end up being the starter this year, but Damian Jones’ somewhat surprising emergence as a viable option has prevented that.

Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this evening that Warriors coach Steve Kerr thought Bell was trying to do a bit too much in training camp and is just starting to settle into his role.

...I’m really looking for him to be great at what he’s already good at - the defense, running the floor, rebounding, blocking shots. We don’t need him to do too much else, and I thought he was trying too hard early.

“He’s done a much better job (recently) of settling into his role. … He got a little out of sorts in training camp and turned the ball over a little bit. I thought he was trying to expand his game instead of just being great at what he’s already good at.

That makes tonight’s game a huge opportunity for the promising young forward who so many have such high hopes for — the minutes will be there tonight and he just has to continue to build Kerr’s trust in his ability to play his role.