War­riors’ Green ex­pected to re­turn early next week

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF AND WIRE RE­PORTS — Mark Me­d­ina, The Mer­cury News

CLEVE­LAND — Golden State War­riors for­ward Dray­mond Green could re­turn from a right toe in­jury as early as Mon­day’s home game against the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

The War­riors (17-9) have for­mally ruled out Green for the re­main­der of this five-game trip with stops against Cleve­land (Wed­nes­day) and Mil­wau­kee (Fri­day). But War­riors coach Steve Kerr said that Green “had an­other good day” on Wed­nes­day and is “re­ally mak­ing strides after miss­ing 12 of the past 14 games.

Kerr said that the War­riors are ex­pect­ing Green to re­turn for Mon­day’s game against Min­nesota or Wed­nes­day’s game against Toronto. Green spent the end of morn­ing shootaround on Wed­nes­day re­ceiv­ing treat­ment on his toe. Dur­ing the team’s pregame prepa­ra­tions, Green rode on a sta­tion­ary bike.

“We’re ex­cited about his progress,” Kerr said. “Hope­fully it con­tin­ues the next few days.”

Kerr had pre­vi­ously said that Green would need to com­plete a full prac­tice be­fore re­turn­ing. He soft­ened that stance on Wed­nes­day, mind­ful that he of­ten holds op­tional prac­tices so he can rest his stars and vet­eran play­ers. The War­riors are cur­rently sched­uled to prac­tice on Thurs­day in Mil­wau­kee.

“He’s get­ting live ac­tion now. He’ll prob­a­bly get some live ac­tion to­mor­row,” Kerr said. “We may not have a heavy prac­tice. But he could get some scrim­mag­ing in with the other guys and coaches.”

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