Monday night’s Game 7 was a tremendous day for the Golden State Warriors. There was drama and adversity that they had to overcome. There were heroics, highlights, and special moments. And, most importantly, there was a series-clinching 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets, which propelled the Warriors to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals.
Lost in the greatness was one unfortunate tidbit: Draymond Green sprained his ankle. Green didn’t leave the game, or even show any signs of being in pain, but he apparently rolled the ankle rather strongly. After the game, he admitted that adrenaline came into play, and there wasn’t any discomfort, but that once the game was over he was in noticeable amounts of pain.
Draymond Green to ESPN on spraining his right ankle: “I told Chelsea (trainer) during the game I rolled my ankle badly and I don’t feel a thing right now. I know it was the adrenaline. After the game, wooooo. I’ll be good though.”— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 29, 2018
Green added that he’ll be good going forward, so his optimism is comforting. Still, it’s a little worrying, since ankles can be so finicky. Even though it seems likely that he’ll play in Thursday’s Game 1, the chances are increased that he’ll hurt the ankle again during the series.
Video of Green’s post-game interviews revealed a heavily wrapped ankle.
This, from NBC Bay Area’s twitter feed, shows Draymond’s right ankle in a wrap. He told ESPN he rolled it pretty bad in Game 7. pic.twitter.com/NW0vBuM9u1— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) May 29, 2018
Still, if the team were really worried about the injury, it seems unlikely that they’d let him do standing interviews.
So while this isn’t good news, it certainly isn’t any time to panic.