Jan. 24, 2011STEINMETZ ARCHIVEWARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOMatt SteinmetzCSNBayArea.com
OAKLAND -- All of a sudden that nice stretch of home games doesnt seem so friendly. The Warriors -- as well as owner Joe Lacob -- had hoped the team could dosome damage on this run in Oakland. The Warriors are in the middleof a stretch in which they have 18 of 22 games at Oracle Arena.RECAP: Spurs' bench buries Warriors in 113-102 loss
So far, the Warriors record during that streak is 5-4, with the streaking New Orleans Hornets coming into town.Last Thursday, Lacob predicted that the Warriors would be 28-27 by theAll-Star break. In order for that to happen at this point, the Warriors(19-25) have to go 9-2.Lacob said he thought if the Warriors could get to .500 in the nextcouple of weeks they could make a playoff push the final two months ofthe season. Lacob wasnt the only one talking postseason.Monta Ellis, David Lee and Stephen Curry all talked of making a push.The Warriors are currently five games behind Portland, which holdsdown the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.Thats not the only problem, however, for the Warriors.Phoenix, Memphis and Houston all stand between the Warriors and the No. 8 spot.
Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
On Friday morning, the Warriors announced that Draymond Green is going to play on Friday night against the Pelicans.
After shootaround, Draymond talked about the left knee strain he sustained on Tuesday.
"It didn't lock up. I tweaked it. I was concerned. I honestly thought it was my meniscus. It was a big relief," Draymond told reporters in New Orleans. "The next day when I woke up, the pain was a little better.
"As that day went on -- once I got the MRI, I got it early - -and then I went and got treatment and it felt a lot better.
"I hadn't even got the results but I was pretty confident at that point."
Draymond sustained the injury late in the third quarter against Houston and did not play in the fourth quarter.
He registered nine points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before exiting.
UPDATE (9:40am on Friday morning) -- Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will play tonight against the Pelicans, the Warriors announced.
The Draymond Green injury scare appears to be nothing more than that.
One day after undergoing an MRI test on his left knee and finding no structural damage, the power forward practiced with the Warriors upon arrival in New Orleans Thursday afternoon.
Green was immediately upgraded from doubtful to probable for the game against the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center.
Forward Andre Iguodala, who missed the season opener Tuesday, also is on track to be available. He participated in practice Wednesday and agains Thursday in New Orleans and was upgraded from questionable to probable.
Meanwhile, forward Omri Casspi, was downgraded from questionable to out. After spraining his right ankle in the preseason finale last Friday, he sprained his left ankle in the season opener.