Draymond Green's MRI on left knee negative, doubtful for Pelicans game Friday


Green is a stat-sheet stuffer for Golden State and one of the league's top defensive players, as evidenced by his NBA Defensive Player of the Year nod last season.

The Warriors return to the court on Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans and then play the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday - both games on the road. He came up hobbling and grabbing at his knee, putting quite a scare into Golden State's faithful.

Green strained his knee late in the third quarter on Tuesday while driving to the basket, and he was seen wincing in pain after the play.

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative.

Fellow Warriors forward Omri Casspi, who suffered an ankle sprain, also exited early.

Even if Green misses a little time, the Warriors should be fine.

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are Golden State's best players, but Green's defense is so important, especially in small-ball lineups with him at center.

"When we're lacking conditioning like we are right now, you have to have your high energy guys out there".

Green sat out the fourth quarter, as team doctors played it careful, watching from the sidelines while his team blew a 13-point lead during the period.

Kerr has said his team still must get in better shape - mentally and physically - and that led to foul trouble throughout the game.

numberFire's models do still account for Green suiting up on Friday, and if he does he is projected for 9.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 32.7 minutes of action.