Green was not expected to suit up vs. the Nets on opening night, and the team made that official by ruling him out on Wednesday. He was recently diagnosed with a mild muscle strain in his right foot, and head coach Steve Kerr said he doesn’t expect Green to suit up for the first two games of the season.
Green is coming off a down year in 2020, averaging just 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game, but Green is the kind of player who needs talent around him to thrive. That wasn’t the case last year since the Warriors limped to the worst record in the league. They should be improved this season with Steph Curry back in the lineup.
Eric Paschall should see a short-term boost with Green out of the lineup. He showed some upside as a rookie last season, averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, and he even made the All-Rookie first team. That said, he won’t be asked to carry nearly the same workload for the Warriors this season. James Wiseman should also see a few additional minutes with Green sidelined, and the Warriors believed in him enough to make him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Warriors open the season against old friend Kevin Durant and the Nets, and they are listed as 7.5-point underdogs in Brooklyn.
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