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Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

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Draymond originally concerned his knee injury was more serious

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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.

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Charles Barkley says the Nuggets and Timberwolves are better than the Lakers

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Charles Barkley says the Nuggets and Timberwolves are better than the Lakers

LeBron James will play for the Lakers next season.

But Charles Barkley doesn't think the expectations should be too high.

"They're No. 5 seed, maybe six in the West," Barkley said on The Dan Patrick Show. "I don't think they're better than Oklahoma City, I don't think they're better than the Denver Nuggets.

"The Rockets to me are the surprising team because I think they have regressed. I'm a big Trevor Ariza fan ... Minnesota's better than the Lakers. As great as LeBron is -- I see them as the 4, 5, 6 seed."

OK. Let's try to unpack this.

Assuming Barkley thinks the Warriors are better than the Lakers, he has four teams -- Golden State, Oklahoma City, Denver, Minnesota -- at minimum ahead of Los Angeles.

What about Utah or Portland or San Antonio or New Orleans?

Barkley said the Rockets got worse, but does he have them ahead of the Lakers? We don't know at this point.

One thing we certainly know:

"The West is unbelievable," Barkley said. "He (LeBron) got 20 easy wins the last few years. He won't get those easy 20 wins in the Western Conference."

On a recent episode of the Warriors Outsiders Podcast, I had the Lakers at No. 6 in the West while Grant Liffmann had them at No. 7.

We reserve the right to change our opinion when we make our final predictions in mid-October! 

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller