Warriors forward Draymond Green will not make his season debut until after the team returns from the current four-game trip, according to head coach Steve Kerr, and will not play in Tuesday’s game in Detroit.
He had been previously ruled out for today’s game in Chicago.
Having missed all of training and the preseason because of a positive coronavirus test, Green was sidelined for the first two regular-season games with the foot injury, though it’s not considered serious. Green, 30, participated in practices in Milwaukee and Chicago, but the Warriors will hold him out as he continues to work on his conditioning over the next four-to-five days before playing in a game.
“Draymond got through the scrimmage really well yesterday, and he felt good,” Kerr said before today’s game against the Bulls. “We just felt that, from a conditioning standpoint, it made more sense to give him the next two games off.”
After scrimmaging Saturday, Green said his body “feels amazing” but he “just has to get my wind back.”
Green’s return to the lineup will be a needed boost to a Warriors team that lost its first two games – to Brooklyn and Milwaukee – by a combined 65 points. An experienced playmaker and former defensive player of the year, Green should help teammates get open shots and fortify Golden State’s defense.
The recent loss of center Marquese Chriss, who suffered a broken right leg in Saturday’s scrimmage, makes the need for Green more dire, but the Warriors are being patient.
“He’s doing really well, the foot has healed nicely, but he was out with the league (coronavirus) protocols,” Kerr said. “And the conditioning level is important because it’s very risky to put somebody out there who’s not quite ready from a conditioning standpoint. It leaves people vulnerable. ”