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.
Draymond Green updates his ankle sprain, says he doesn’t expect to miss much time pic.twitter.com/jNywlhIc02— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 24, 2019
“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?”
Kevin Durant asked about any concern regarding the Draymond Green ankle sprain: “I mean, he’ll be back for the playoffs. That’s the only thing we worry about here, right?” pic.twitter.com/9xiMAOUyXO— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 24, 2019
We’ll keep you updated on Green’s status going forward.