The Golden State Warriors won their Christmas game on Saturday, and one of their veterans helped lead them to victory. Draymond Green nearly had a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.
Green is a valuable player to the Warriors, and he and Steph Curry have what it takes to lead Golden State to a championship. But the Warriors will be down one of them for several games.
According to reports, Draymond Green has entered the health and safety protocols.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke on Green and his absence from the team.
“He’s one of the best players in the league,” Kerr said. “So he impacts everything we do at both ends of the floor, so it’s a huge loss but we got a really deep team. We got a lot of guys who have taken advantage of opportunities this year and that’s what I expect to happen over the next few games, however long Draymond is out.”
Kerr also mentioned that Green is in “good spirits” despite having mild symptoms.
Green averages a near triple-double this season, with 8.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Green makes an impact on both ends of the floor and acts as a leader for a young Warriors team. So, his presence will be missed.
As it stands, the NBA will adapt to the CDC’s new isolation recommendation of five days rather than 10. So, players will be sidelined for six days (instead of 10) or record two negative COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour period.
The NBA’s COVID-19 problem continues, and as more players go in, it will be interesting to see how the league handles it.