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Warriors’ Draymond Green out at least two more weeks due to calf soreness

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Draymond Green’s stint on the sideline will last a little longer. Green has missed Golden State’s last three games due to a sore left calf, and on Sunday the Warriors announced that Green will be out for at least two more weeks after an MRI indicated that the calf soreness is related to a disc in his lower back. 

Here’s the official statement from the Warriors

Draymond Green, who exited last Sunday’s game due to a sore left calf, has been evaluated by several specialists over the last week—in addition to undergoing an MRI of his lower back the night of the game—to determine the cause of the soreness/tightness in his calf. The evaluations indicated the left calf soreness/tightness is tied to the involvement of a disc in his lower back.

Draymond will receive physical therapy in the coming days and will continue to be monitored by the team’s medical and training staff. He will be re-evaluated again in two weeks. 

Given the fact that they hope to be playing deep into the postseason, the Warriors will err on the side of caution when it comes to bringing Green back into game action at this point in the season. 

“The main thing is to be really safe and cautious,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the situation, via ESPN. “It’s a long season. That’s my sense, that we’re very cautious. We’ll just see where it goes from there.”  

On the season, Green is averaging 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 block per game, and is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year for the Warriors, who sit second in the Western Conference standings with a 31-11 record. 

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