Draymond Green rolled ankle ‘badly’ during Game 7 win over Rockets
Draymond Green has revealed that he rolled his ankle “badly” during the Golden State Warriors’ 101-92 series clinching victory over the Houston Rockets Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
Green is said to have suffered a sprained ankle sometime during the 4th quarter, per a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
“I told [trainer] Chelsea Lane during the game that I rolled my ankle badly, and I don’t feel a thing right now. I know it was the adrenaline,” Green told ESPN. “After the game, wooooo.”
Green put up 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Golden State’s win. And in a testament to his do-it-all mentality, Green is averaging 11.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in the postseason.
“I’ll be good, though,” Green said, adding he’ll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Green, while unfairly receiving less attention than his superstar teammates, arguably is the straw the stirs the Warriors’ drink. With Andre Iguodala’s status still unclear for Game 1 in the NBA Finals on Thursday due to an injured left knee, Green claiming he’s good to go despite the bum ankle has to be reassuring for Golden State.
And considering Steve Kerr’s interesting take on Green’s role on the team — not to mention the coach’s assessment of Green’s résumé as a basketball player — the power forward’s mere presence on the court can have a huge impact. Although Charles Barkley’s less-than-flattering opinion of Green is another matter.