Draymond Green Injury: Updates on Warriors Star's Ankle and Return

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 19: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors signals for a time out during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on November 19, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors announced forward Draymond Green suffered a left ankle contusion on Nov. 25 against the Los Angeles Lakers; he had not played since. X-rays on the ankle were negative, according to the team.

However, he is ready to return. 

Continue for updates.


Green Active vs. Hawks 

Monday, Nov. 28

The Warriors announced Green was in the starting lineup on Monday against Atlanta. 


Green Gives Warriors One of NBA's Most Valuable Two-Way Talents

With the exception of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Green is Golden State's most important player, thanks to his ability to defend all five positions, spot up for three-pointers and keep opponents honest in the pick-and-roll.

Last year, Green averaged a career-high 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game as the Warriors' jack-of-all-trades.

In doing so, Green joined Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Grant Hill, Magic Johnson and Fat Lever as the only players to average at least 14 points, nine boards and seven dimes per game in a season.

Through 15 games this season, Green is averaging 10.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.1 dimes, 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest.

The key to Green's rapid rise has been his ability to parlay a previously stigmatized status into a permanent role in the Warriors' small-ball scheme. Although Green used to be considered a tweener at 6'7", he's been the poster boy for versatility in a system that values flexibility at all five spots.

    

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