Steve Kerr: Warriors believe Draymond Green's calf injury is 'minor'

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The Warriors are hoping to avoid a replay of last season with Draymond Green.

Shortly before Thursday’s tip-off against the Denver Nuggets, Warriors forward Draymond Green was a late scratch with right calf tightness.

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Dub Nation probably had flashbacks to last January, when Green was pulled just six seconds into Klay Thompson’s return game after feeling a twinge in his calf during warmups. Green’s sore calf ended up being the result of a disc issue in his back, and he missed 31 games as the Warriors went into a downward spiral.

Golden State could have used Draymond’s defensive genius on Thursday, as Nikola Jokic torched the Warriors with a triple-double in a 134-117 victory. After the loss, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an encouraging but brief update on Green’s injury.

“The belief is it’s something minor,” Kerr said. “He’ll get checked out when we get home.”

Green has shown he can handle Jokic, but the Warriors didn’t have any chance slowing him down Thursday. The two-time reigning MVP scored 22 points with 14 rebounds and 16 assists, as the Nuggets moved to 17-0 when he records a triple double.

Without Draymond and two-way player Anthony Lamb inactive, Kerr went deep into his bench, as Jonathan Kuminga (17 points) started and James Wiseman, JaMychal Green and Moses Moody got into the rotation.

Green remains the key to the Warriors defense and a key facilitator for the offense. Any extended absence would be a blow for Golden State, which is 26-26 with 30 games remaining in the regular season.

Green’s health will be monitored entering Saturday’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Mavs star Luka Doncic suffered a foot injury Thursday, so his status also appears to be up in the air.

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