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Draymond Green expected to start Friday vs. Bulls

Warriors PF/C was forced to leave Wednesday night in the second half and did not return. We break down the impact.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors laughs with Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 10, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Update, Nov. 12 - Green is expected to start Friday against the Bulls.

Update, Nov. 11 — Green is being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Chicago Bulls. He left early on Wednesday night vs. the T-Wolves due to a thigh contusion.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was forced to leave Wednesday’s game vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a thigh contusion and did not return. The Warriors jumped out to a big lead in the first half and the game has since gotten a lot closer. That’s not good with Green out. He played 21 minutes before exiting, scoring 7 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Expect the Warriors to roll with a smaller lineup for the rest of this contest. Andre Iguodala could end up closing out the game to try and slow down Anthony Edwards, who is up to 35 points early in the fourth quarter. Nemanja Bjelica could also be the crunch-time forward in place of Green to space the floor a bit with Kevon Looney at center. The Dubs could also play Bjelica at center in a small-ball look.

Thigh contusions aren’t generally an injury we need to be too worried about. Chances are Green pops up on the injury report for next game or sits out to get some rest. If Green misses any time, Bjelica, Iggy and Looney should see some more minutes in the rotation. Green’s absence could also force Stephen Curry into more of a facilitator role rather than just chucking all game.