Draymond Green (rest) will not play tonight at Indiana— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 28, 2019
Green had played 22 straight games since returning to the lineup in early December, following an injury that cost him 14 games. He’s started to find his rhythm of late, and in the last six games has averaged 7.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 9.7 assists, while shooting 36.8% from three-point range and playing all-world defense.
With Green taking the day off, coach Steve Kerr will have an interesting lineup choice to make. At the end of Green’s injury absence, Kerr had started to turn to Jonas Jerebko starting in his spot - but that’s not an option in Indy, as Jerebko is away from the team due to the birth of his second child.
Kerr could go with a big lineup, by inserting Kevon Looney or Jordan Bell into the starting unit alongside DeMarcus Cousins, or he could slide Kevin Durant to the power forward position and give Andre Iguodala a start.
Whatever Kerr opts for, it would seem likely that we’ll finally see Jordan Bell get some meaningful minutes, since the team is very thin up front (especially if Cousins gets into foul trouble again). It would be good to see the second-year big get some run against a strong Indiana frontcourt.
The Warriors are looking to finish off a perfect road trip in Indiana, and win their 11th straight game. Not having Green for the night won’t make that task easier, but then again, Golden State can’t really complain, as the Pacers will be without All-Star Victor Oladipo, who is out for the year following a ruptured quad tendon.
The Warriors vs. Pacers game is at 4:00 p.m. PT on NBA TV and NBC Sports Bay Area.