Warriors News: Draymond Green to Return from Injury vs. Timberwolves

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 5: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors jokes with fans from the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 129-105. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will return to the court Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing nearly a month with a toe injury, per Logan Murdock of the Mercury News.

Head coach Steve Kerr explained Sunday that Green will play and won't be on a minutes restriction. 

The three-time All-Star hasn't played since Nov. 15 against the Houston Rockets when he had zero points in 24 minutes.

Green missed 11 games in this stretch with what was diagnosed as a sprained right toe. The Warriors struggled without him, going just 6-5 with one of their best players on the sideline.

Stephen Curry was also out for seven of these games.

Meanwhile, Green has now missed 14 games this year out of 27 total, which is the most of any single season in his NBA career.

The 28-year-old averaged 78 games played in his first six years in the league. Last year marked a previous career low of 70, and his durability is now more of a problem than ever.

Although Green is averaging just 6.9 points per game this year, they've missed his all-around impact of 7.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game along with his elite defense.

Considering the Warriors already have the best record in the Western Conference (18-9), his return is bad news for the rest of the league.

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