Golden State Warriors star forward Draymond Green will be out for at least two more weeks after research found the pain in his left calf was linked to “the involvement of a disc in his lower back,” the team announced ahead of Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves .
Green left last Sunday’s win against the Cleveland Cavaliers early because of a sore left calf. He was on the pitch for the opening pick to honor Klay Thompson’s return but left the field shortly after and has missed the last three games.
The Warriors said Green underwent an MRI the night of that game and has been evaluated by multiple specialists throughout the week. The Warriors said Green will continue to receive physical therapy in the coming days before being reevaluated in two weeks
“The most important thing is to be really safe and careful,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said ahead of Sunday’s game. “It’s a long season. That is my feeling that we are very careful. We’ll just see how it goes.”
The 31-year-old Green had a resurgent season for the Warriors, averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting a career-high 53.7% from the field.
Otto Porter Jr. moved into the starting lineup due to Green’s absence and Kerr expects he will give rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga more minutes.
Golden State is yet to see its full roster considering Green’s absence coincided with Thompson’s debut of the season. Green, Thompson and Stephen Curry still haven’t all played in a game together since 2019.
“We’re all looking forward to that,” Kerr said. “But nothing surprises me this season. Nothing surprises one of my 29 [head-coaching] colleagues out there. You just move forward… the games go on. And you just prepare and do your best.”