Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he didn’t want to play rookie Draymond Green unless he had to. Presuming the Warriors will handle the already-checked-out Portland Trail Blazers, doubt you’ll see Green tonight.
But the rookie out of Michigan State promised he will be ready for the playoffs. Green has been suffering from tendonitis in his right knee. It was bad enough for Green, who always says he’s fine, to agree he needed to sit out in Monday’s game vs. San Antonio. He said the rest has helped and he is ready to go tonight. But Jackson usually plays it safe. Green hasn’t played since April 11 vs. Oklahoma City. So he will have more than a full week of rest come playoff time if he doesn’t play tonight.
That’s critical because Green could be an x-factor in the playoffs. As the adjustments and match-ups play out, Green has the versatility and defensive acumen to give Jackson some flexibility. He said today his jumper was clicking. If that’s falling, he could be key for the Warriors