Omri Casspi

After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

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After leaving season opener early, Draymond, Casspi miss Warriors practice

The Warriors opened their season Tuesday night with a loss in which they looked considerably worse than what is expected of a defending champion.

What’s worse is that they also feel it.

Though Andre Iguodala’s back strain recovered enough for him to participate in practice for the first time in a week, Draymond Green’s right knee sprain and Omri Casspi’s left ankle sprain kept them on the sideline Wednesday.

While Green awaits the results of an MRI test, Casspi was limited to individual shooting drills. The availability of both is in doubt for the game Friday night against the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Casspi, a reserve forward, has sustained injuries to both ankles in a five-day span and even if he’s able to play he won’t be at full strength.

Green simply will not return to the lineup until he’s able, though Kerr sounded optimistic about his chances this weekend.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Kerr said. “But we’ll see.”

If Casspi can’t play, the bench thins along the front line. It would mean more minutes for the likes of Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw.

If Green can’t play, well, that makes a massive impact that runs from the starting lineup all the way through the reserves. His intensity, production and communication are important to the Warriors at both ends of the court.

Some of that would be mitigated by the return of Iguodala, who may be more optimistic than Kerr about his chances of playing Friday.

“If Andre is banged up, he won’t play,” Kerr said. We’ll just make do with what we have.

“Hopefully, Andre will be OK. He’s been getter better every day. He’s pretty confident that he’s on the right track. So hopefully, he’ll play.”

Considering there is a game against the Grizzlies in Memphis less than 20 hours after the final buzzer in New Orleans, the issue is not whether the defending champs will have their roster taxed but to what degree.

With opening night two days away, three key Warriors on injury report

With opening night two days away, three key Warriors on injury report

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both participated in practice Sunday, but three of their teammates were not among those that went through the 90-minute session.

Shaun Livingston (illness) was held out, while Andre Iguodala (back strain) and Omri Casspi, who tweaked his ankle in the preseason finale Friday, were limited.

With opening night looming on Tuesday, the preliminary report has Livingston as probable, while both Iguodala and Casspi are questionable.

The status of all three veterans will be updated on Monday.

Casspi tweaks ankle vs Kings, but Kerr doesn't believe it's serious

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Casspi tweaks ankle vs Kings, but Kerr doesn't believe it's serious

OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr said he doesn’t believe it’s serious, and Omri Casspi agreed.

It’s never a good look when a player limps off the court, but the general sense in the Warriors locker room Friday night is that the right ankle sprain Casspi sustained in the second quarter of a 117-106 win over the Kings is of little concern.

“I think it’s a mild sprain,” Kerr said.

“I don’t think it’s too bad,” Casspi told NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’ll see (Saturday). It’s usually 24-to-48 hours before you know for sure.”

Casspi rolled his ankle early in the second quarter on a non-contact play while moving about on defense and getting into rebounding position. He immediately dropped to the floor clutching his ankle before leaving the floor for good with 10:28 left in the half.

“It was weird,” he said. “It felt like maybe the floor was a little wet. I just tweaked it.”

Casspi played only five minutes, totaling 2 points and one assist, before being forced to the sideline.

An update is expected Saturday or Sunday.