The Golden State Warriors’ disastrous 2019-20 season took yet another turn on Friday night.
Following news that Stephen Curry will be out three months after he underwent surgery for his broken hand, Draymond Green injured his finger in a 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Green was wearing a wrap and splint over his left index finger during his postgame press conference, and said that he had a “ligament” issue in his finger.
“It is what it is. ... I don't know [about Saturday]; we'll see. It's pretty sore,” he said, per ESPN. “I couldn't grip the ball the whole entire [game], probably since the second quarter. Which is why I was making a lot of one-handed, right-handed passes and dribbling left with my right hand. I couldn't really grip the ball, so we'll see. Hopefully, it will calm down a little bit overnight, but who knows?"
While Green’s injury may not be as serious as Curry’s, head coach Steve Kerr noted that the team would handle it with caution as it tries to avoid a total depletion of the core of the Warriors’ dynasty.
“The one thing we won't do is run [Green] into the ground," Kerr said. "We have to maintain a good schedule with Draymond minutes-wise and games-wise. If he's banged up, we should make sure we take care of him.
Even if Green misses a short amount of time, things appear bleak for the defending Western Conference champions. The team is now 1-4 and Green acknowledged there was already a different feeling in the building with fewer fans in attendance.
"It's a different vibe, for sure. When you're not winning as much, that's usually the case,” he said. “The hope is that people ride with you through the thick and the thin, but that's just not the reality of this world that we live in, so it is what it is. We got each other and we're going to rock with that, and that's all that matters”