Draymond returns to Dubs-Nets game after knee 'locked up'

Kevin Durant guarding Draymond Green

The Warriors lost Draymond Green late in the first half of Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to right knee injury, and for a brief moment, it looked really bad.

The good news for Green and the Warriors is that he started the second half, showing no effects of the injury.

Green told reporters after the Warriors' 134-117 loss to the Nets that his knee "locked up a little bit" and that he will be fine moving forward.

"He tweaked his knee and he was in a lot of pain," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. "When I went out to see him, he said ‘I’ll be fine.’ He said he had done it before. I don’t know exactly how to describe what happened, but when I got out there, he was in a lot of pain, but he said ‘I’ll be fine.’ So [Director of Sports Medicine and Performance] Rick [Celebrini] worked on him at halftime and he was good to go."

With just over a minute remaining in the second quarter, Green was closing out on a corner 3-pointer by former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant when he landed awkwardly, went down on the side of the court and clutched the side of his right leg.

After being examined by team trainers, Green was able to walk to the Warriors' locker room on his own power. He appeared to have a slight limp.


Without any healthy true centers on the roster, the Warriors can't afford to lose Green for any period of time. He started at center Saturday, and is one of the tallest active players on the roster.

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With rookie James Wiseman and Kevon Looney still recovering from injuries, Green's presence is essential for the Warriors to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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