Warriors' Steve Kerr: Draymond Green's Injury Not Expected to Require Surgery

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2022

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr provided positive news regarding the status of forward Draymond Green.

"I don't think anyone is anticipating surgery," he told reporters. "... I've talked to Draymond several times and he's rehabbing every day and he can't wait to get back out there. We're really hopeful that long term he's going to be fine."

On Sunday, the Warriors provided an update and noted he will be reevaluated in two weeks after it was determined that his "left calf soreness/tightness is tied to the involvement of a disc in his lower back."

With the exception of being on the court for the opening tip of Klay Thompson's return on Jan. 9, Green has not played since a Jan. 5 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

He is averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game as someone who does a little bit of everything for Golden State. He also provides veteran leadership and anchors the defense with his ability to defend multiple positions and battle bigger players on the block.

The Michigan State product has three championships, a Defensive Player of the Year, two All-NBA selections, three All-Star nods and six All-Defensive selections on his resume.

The Warriors are in championship-or-bust mode again this season with the return of Thompson and Stephen Curry playing his way into MVP discussion. They went to five straight NBA Finals from 2015 through 2019 but took a step back the past two seasons because of health concerns.

They are 32-12 on the season, which is good enough for the No. 2 seed in the current Western Conference standings.

However, they are also just 3-5 in the last eight games and have struggled without Green on the floor.

Yet the revelation that he should be able to avoid surgery sets him up for an eventual return as Golden State looks to move past recent struggles and compete for the No. 1 seed.