March 9, 2021

Warriors’ Draymond Green could return as soon as Friday’s home-opener vs. Blazers

Warriors forward Draymond Green could return from a foot injury that has sidelined him for the first three regular-season games as soon as Friday’s home opener against the Trail Blazers, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

“That’s the hope,” said Kerr, who over the weekend ruled Green out for Tuesday’s game in Detroit. “It’s still to be determined but, based on the scrimmage and the conditioning from the other day, we decided to give him four or five more days of conditioning before he is re-evaluated.”

Having missed all of training camp and the preseason because of a positive coronavirus test and the start of the regular season because of a right foot injury, Green, 30, is working on regaining his conditioning in practice.

Upon his return, Green, an experienced playmaker and former defensive player of the year, will help the Warriors get organized on offense and clean up mistakes on defense.

In Sunday’s win against the Bulls, two-way forward Juan Toscano-Anderson started in Green’s place at power forward. Kerr anticipates Toscano-Anderson will continue to start until Green joins the lineup.