The Golden State Warriors welcomed Klay Thompson back Sunday but now have a new injury issue with Draymond Green dealing with a calf injury. Green reportedly suffered the injury Sunday in pregame warmups and took the court with the starters to honor Thompson before immediately taking a foul and checking out.
Draymond Green injury updates
Jan. 18 update: Green’s official injury designation has changed, and it can’t be a great sign for the Warriors. It feels like Golden State’s defensive star is out indefinitely, because this designation suggests a herniated disc and nerve issue. That’s much different from a calf strain.
Draymond Green’s official injury designation has been changed from ‘calf tightness’ to ‘Left L5-S1; Disc — injury recovery’.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 18, 2022
Jan. 12 update - Green is officially out for the team’s games against the Bucks and Bulls, but there’s a slight chance he could join the Warriors in Minnesota. Steve Kerr says he’s doubtful for this trip with the calf injury.
Jan. 11 update - It looks like Green could miss the rest of Golden State’s road trip with his calf injury. Here’s head coach Steve Kerr on the power forward’s injury.
Draymond Green is back in the Bay Area working on his ailing calf with Rick Celebrini. Steve Kerr said Draymond may join them later on this road trip, may not. Warriors face Grizzlies, Bulls, Bucks, Wolves. pic.twitter.com/0SJ7URRqLo— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 11, 2022
Green has now been ruled out Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies, and did not make the trip with the team. He’s officially listed as “day to day” but this could be a lingering issue for the power forward.
Fantasy basketball impact
From a fantasy standpoint, look for Jonathan Kuminga and Kevon Looney to absorb Green’s minutes. Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica are also going to see additional minutes with Green sidelined. Golden State’s defense will drop off a bit, so Grizzlies players will also get a boost.
The Warriors are likely still going to be favored as long as Stephen Curry is on the floor, although the line will shift significantly towards Memphis with Green out.