Draymond Green vows to play through pain of wrist injury vs. Clippers

Draymond Green vows to play through pain of wrist injury vs. Clippers

OAKLAND — Hours after Sunday's 113-103 Game 4 victory over the Clippers, Warriors forward Draymond Green exited Staples Center with a black splint on his right wrist. After a clean MRI, Green expects to play going forward. 

"Still sore," Green said following Wednesday's shoot-around ahead of Game 5. "But it is what it is. If the MRI said it was broken, by the way, I was still going to play, so it doesn't matter."

Green, who hasn't missed a practice since the splint was noticed, said the pain began to increase during Game 3, even while scoring eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists. However, the injury seems to have affected his shooting, as he's making just 33 percent of his shots over the last two games. 

"It's been messed up for a while," Green said. "But in the beginning of Game 3, I got a pretty good whack on it — that kind of pissed it off a lot — and it's been bothering me a lot ever since, but it's all good."

Despite the injury, Green said while the pain is lingering, it won't keep him from his usual exploits. 

"I'm on the floor, so I'm not one to really talk about when something is affecting," Green said. "When you're out there, you're out there. So it's all good."

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This season, Green has dealt with myriad injuries, including to his toe, ankle and knee. Despite the injuries, Green has been solid this postseason, averaging 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists on 45.2 percent shooting from the field. 

"I think playing for so long you get used to it," Green said. "You're never 100 percent. You learn to play through pain, especially going through an 82-game season, you definitely learn to play through pain."  

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

NBA rumors: Klay Thompson, Warriors will meet at outset of free agency

The Warriors introduced their three 2019 NBA Draft picks on Monday afternoon.

At the end of the press conference, Warriors GM Bob Myers answered "yes" when asked if he has formal plans to sit down with Klay Thompson to discuss the future.

We learned some more details on Wednesday afternoon, courtesy Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Warriors and free-agent All-Star Klay Thompson will meet in L.A. this week at the outset of free agency, league sources said. Should the Warriors enter the meeting with the five-year, $190 million maximum contract, both sides expect a quick agreement, according to sources.

Free agency officially opens on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT.

As ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Tuesday: "That max offer hasn't been communicated to [Klay] that it's for sure coming ... just because they haven't communicated that the max is coming doesn't mean it's not coming. In fact, I would be shocked -- given what he has meant to their organzation -- if it didn't come."

And as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said: "You can offer your own free agent a deal at any point here. That 5-year, $190 million max offer -- if it's not there for Klay Thompson on Sunday at 6:01 p.m. Eastern, the Warriors can then expect him to go out and take a meeting, meetings."

The biggest contract the five-time All-Star can get with any other franchise is about $141 million over four seasons.

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Klay -- who is expected to undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee at some point this week -- will turn 30 years old on Feb. 8.

He is expected to miss a large portion (if not all) of next season.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Warriors coach Steve Kerr gives update on assistant Ron Adams' job status

Last weekend, the Lakers received permission to speak with Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams about a potential role with the organization.

Has the 71-year-old told Golden State coach Steve Kerr that he will be back with the Dubs next season?

"Basically," Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday. "We talked about the LA situation. I called him to tell him that they had asked permission and that we would grant it.

"And so I don't know if they've spoken with him yet, and I don't know what his final answer would be. I don't even know what they would be offering him.

"But my feeling is that Ron will want to come back, and we want him back. So we'll see how it all shakes out."

Adams joined Kerr's coaching staff in 2014 and is widely considered one of the top assistant coaches in the NBA.

"I will never ever deny anybody permission to speak with one of my assistants," Kerr explained to The Athletic. "I don't understand that philosophy. If somebody comes along with an offer that one of my assistants wants to take, then I'm gonna let him go.

"Why would I keep them from going after something that they believe in? And if they would rather be somewhere else, I'm not gonna stop them from going."

After beginning his coaching career at Fresno Pacific College, Adams has been in the NBA since 1992. He's worked for the Spurs, 76ers, Bucks, Bulls, Thunder, Celtics and Warriors.

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The Fresno Pacific graduate is lauded for his defensive mind.

"Ron's a huge part of our staff, and we've grown very close," Kerr said. "Beyond basketball, I look forward to seeing Ron every day and just talking about life.

"I know he's very happy living in the Bay, so I hope that he's here for many years."

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