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Draymond Green on his sprained ankle: “I’ll be fine”

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The Defensive Player of the Year left Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle, but doesn’t appear overly concerned.

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Draymond Green gave the Golden State Warriors quite a scare when he sprained his ankle on Saturday during the team’s loss to the Houston Rockets. And while the former Defensive Player of the Year limped off the court and didn’t return, he seems optimistic that the injury isn’t very bad.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Green explained why he had been in so much pain despite not appearing to roll his ankle when he stepped on the foot of DeMarcus Cousins. He also expressed confidence that he’ll be back on the court soon.

“I had already sprained the same ankle in the first quarter,” the three-time All-Star explained. “So when I stepped on DeMarcus’ foot it just kind of re-aggravated the same sprain. . . It was painful, but I’ll be all right. I’ll be fine.”

When asked about his expectations for getting back onto the court, Green said, “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow - head in for some treatment before the flight.”

The Warriors will likely take it very carefully with Green to make sure that he’s good to go when the games really matter. That was the point Kevin Durant made post-game, when he said, “He’ll be back for the playoffs. That’s the only thing we worry about here, right?”

We’ll keep you updated on Green’s status going forward.