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Draymond, Oubre both set to return for Warriors-Clippers

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Warriors' Draymond Green and Kelly Oubre Jr.

Draymond Green (ankle) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist) were full participants in the Warriors' first practice after the All-Star break Wednesday, and coach Steve Kerr said he expects both players to suit up Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Green sat out Golden State's final game before the break, a 120-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns on March 4. Oubre, meanwhile, missed each of the Warriors' previous two games after spraining his left wrist on a dunk attempt in practice last week.

Kerr wouldn't reveal what changes he'll make to the Warriors' rotation Thursday, but it's fair to expect Green and Oubre will continue to play pivotal roles after the break. Both players were in the middle of perhaps their best stretch this season before they missed time.

Green recorded 10-plus assists in 10 of his last 15 games before the All-Star break, averaging 10.7 assists, 6.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks during that time. In that span, the Warriors were nearly eight points per 100 possessions better with Green on the floor (plus-4.5 net rating) than when he was on the bench (minus-3.3 net rating).

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Oubre, meanwhile, finally started to look like the player the Warriors envisioned when they traded for him in the aftermath of Klay Thompson's season-ending Achilles injury. He averaged 20.1 points per game from Feb. 1 onward, shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 43.0 percent on 3-pointers. His 6.4 rebounds per game during that time were second on the team only to Green, and Oubre also was a better 3-point shooter than Curry last month.

 

Green could once again spend significant time as a small-bell center against the Clippers. Rookie center James Wiseman missed a COVID-19 test during the All-Star break, and his status for Thursday's game is unclear.

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