Warriors, Steve Kerr Optimistic Draymond Green Will Return Vs. Thunder

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Monte Poole

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Warriors have been dealing with a bevy of injuries for most of the season.

The trend will continue in Friday's game against the Jazz as forward Draymond Green will sit out a second straight game due to a sore heel.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Green -- who sat out Wednesday's loss to Dallas -- will not play for precautionary reasons.

"I think he'll be OK to play Monday [against the Thunder]," Kerr said. "The expectation is he'll be able to play."

Green hasn't had a clean bill of health through the first month of the season.

A torn ligament in his left index finger forced him to sit out five games. In Tuesday's win over Memphis, he injured his elbow following a collision with guard Ky Bowman, giving the Warriors more incentive to sit the forward out.

"To have two days off the next two days is really important," Kerr said. "Rather than chase our tail on this one, we'd rather just take the night off. That'll give us five straight days. So, more treatment, more rest. We don't think it's serious, so we expect him to be able to play Monday. He's day-to-day."

Green's injury means Golden State will play Friday's game with just eight players in uniform against the Jazz.

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In the last month, Stephen Curry (hand), Jacob Evans (adductor), Kevon Looney (neuropathy), Damion Lee (hand) and D'Angelo Russell (thumb) have missed time with injuries.

The Warriors Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Celebrini is expected to provide an update to the team's current injury report Friday afternoon.

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