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Draymond Green becomes latest injured Warrior with sprained finger

MusicMan 11 November 2, 2019

Last season, the Golden State Warriors trotted out a starting lineup of five players with a combined 21 All-NBA nods. Mere months later, they may have to find a way to win without all five.

Draymond Green became the latest Warrior to get hurt when he suffered a sprained left index finger during Friday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Green wore a wrap around his wrist and injured finger after the game, and his availability for Saturday’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets is in question.

This development comes two days after Stephen Curry broke his left hand, which will keep him out for three months. That’s compounded by Klay Thompson’s torn ACL, which will likely keep him out for the season, and the free-agent departures of Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins.

"I hurt my finger," Green said, via ESPN. "Ligament action. But it is what it is. ... I don't know [about Saturday]; we'll see. It's pretty sore. I couldn't grip the ball the whole entire [game], probably since the second quarter. Which is why I was making a lot of one-handed, right-handed passes and dribbling left with my right hand. I couldn't really grip the ball, so we'll see. Hopefully, it will calm down a little bit overnight, but who knows?"

Before the game, head coach Steve Kerr had talked about Green being the last remaining healthy player of their core and said that he didn’t want to “run him into the ground.” With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a surprise for the Warriors to be extra cautious with their former Defensive Player of the Year.

Warriors forward Draymond Green suffered a ligament injury during Friday's game against the Spurs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Warriors forward Draymond Green suffered a ligament injury during Friday's game against the Spurs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Are these Warriors heading for the lottery?

Not too long ago, it seemed hard to imagine when the Warriors’ dynasty might end, but now it’s hard to see how they’ll even make the playoffs this season. Off to a 1-4 start, Golden State is in serious trouble.

Even before considering how long Green may be sidelined, Curry’s injury shot their chances of a top seed in the West. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo forecast, the Warriors are projected to finish with a 38-44 record and only have a 21 percent chance of making playoffs. They have the sixth-worst rating in the league, and that would further plummet without Green.

With so many injuries mounting, the Warriors may take it easy on the major injuries to Thompson and Curry to ensure that they’re healthy next year and swallow the pill of a losing record this season. After all, it did work out for the Spurs in 1996-97.

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