Green, Russell sidelined against Rockets
NBA.com Global on Nov 07, 2019 07:00 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 22: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during a game against the Phoenix Suns on October 22, 2018 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors already knew that forward Draymond Green would be out for today's matchup with the Houston Rockets. Now, you can add D'Angelo Russell to that list, too.
Coach Steve Kerr told reporters today that Green did not travel with the Warriors on their road trip that begins today in Houston. After playing the Rockets, the Warriors face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
As for Russell, he is listed as questionable but will not play against the Rockets. He could return Friday (Saturday, PHL time) against the Wolves.
D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green will not play tonight vs Houston. Green has been ruled out for the three-game trip. Russell will be re-evaluated Thursday, per Warriors coach Steve Kerr.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 6, 2019
Draymond Green (finger) didn’t travel on this three city trip. Also, D’Angelo Russell (ankle) is out for tonight.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) November 6, 2019
No D’Angelo Russell in Houston. Same lineup as last two games for Warriors. Russell could return at Minnesota on Friday.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 6, 2019
Additionally, the Rockets will be a bit shorthanded tonight, too, as guard Eric Gordon won't play due to hamstring soreness.
Guard Eric Gordon ruled out for Rockets' game tonight against the Warriors with left hamstring soreness.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 6, 2019
Last week, Kerr said that Green had been ruled out for "the next few games" because of a torn ligament in his left index finger. Green sustained the injury during an 127-110 setback to the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 1 (Nov. 2, PHL time).
The injury to Green's finger occurred the same day Curry underwent surgery for a broken left hand, which will keep the All-Star guard on the shelf for at least three months. Curry joined teammate Klay Thompson, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, on the Warriors' injured list.
Green's injury doesn't appear to be as severe, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned before last Friday's (Sunday, PHL time) game that the team will play it safe with their former Kia Defensive Player of the Year.